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Women of the Hall

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Year Honored: 1993
Birth: 1912 - Death: 2010
Born In: Virginia,
Died In: Washington, DC,
Achievements: Education, Humanities
Educated In: Pennsylvania, New York
Schools Attended: New York University
Worked In: New York; Washington, DC

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Dorothy Height

It is said of Dorothy Height that her lifetime of achievement measured the liberation of Black America, the advance of women's rights and a determined effort to lift the poor and the powerless.

Height began her career as a staff member of the YWCA in New York City, becoming director of the Center for Racial Justice. She became a volunteer with the National Council of Negro Women, when she worked with NCNW founder Mary McLeod Bethune. When Bethune died, Height became president, a position she held for forty years.

NCNW, an organization of national organizations and community sections with outreach to four million women, develops model national and international community-based programs, sent scores of women to help in the Freedom Schools of the civil rights movement, and spearheaded voter registration drives. Height's collaborative leadership style brought together people of different cultures for mutual benefit. Since l986, her belief in the importance of strong families has been the primary energy behind the Black Family Reunion Celebration in which almost 10 million have participated.
Additional Sources:
With Frances K. Chalmers. Fair Practice on Employment.New York: Woman's Press, 1948.

The Core of America's Race Problem. New York: Woman's Press, 1945.

Step by Step with Interracial Groups New York: Woman's Press, 1946.

America's Promise. New York: Woman's Press, 1946.

Dorothy Irene Height Papers 1969-1976, 0.5 linear ft. Mary McLeod Bethune Memorial Museum and the National Archives for Black Women's History. Washington, D.C.