Dr. Dorothy Height … A Civil Rights Pioneer (R.I.P.)
Matt | On 20, Apr 2010
Today we lost a civil rights pioneer in Dorothy Irene Height, Ph.D., who passed away at the age of 98 at Howard University Hospital in Washington, D.C.
Height was key figure in the civil rights movement. She was known primarily for leadership at the National Council of Negro Women headquarters, also in D.C. She served as its fourth National President from 1957-1997. In her role, Height opened many doors for African-American women and women of all colors. Everything from voter registration drives to marches, speeches, fundraising, and educational leadership fell under Dr. Height’s guidance.
She was on-hand when President John F. Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act in 1963. Height also celebrated the 35th anniversary of the legislation in 1998 with President Bill Clinton. He would also bestow the Presidential Medal of Freedom on her for her championing of civil rights causes. Wow!
Dr. Height was a member and 10th National Past President of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. from 1947-1956. Her career began in case work for New York City. She earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in educational psychology from New York University in four years – in the segregated 1930’s.
As I personally brushed up on the history of her legacy, it takes me forward to the debates we post about in 2010 on Prune Juice Media. Dr. Height and others of her color and many others were the real seekers of “freedom from tyranny” we hear about everyday from radical protesters. Our issues today don’t compare AT ALL to people like her who faced HOMEGROWN TERRORISTS just to get equal pay, rights, and a decent way of life.
The long and short is that Dorothy Height was doing what the Tea Party did decades before they got a clue… R.I.P.