HATS OFF TO
DR. DOROTHY IRENE HEIGHT
March 24, 1912 - April 20, 2010
98 Years Young
Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.
DR. HEIGHT LIFETIME HIGHLIGHTS
FUNERAL SERVICES INFO
TWO "HATS OFF" SLIDESHOWS BELOW
Born Dorothy Irene Height in Richmond, Virginia
March 24, 1912
Raised in Rankin, Pennsylvania
- “Godmother of the Women’s Movement”
- Chair and President Emerita of the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW) 1998 – 2010
- President of the NCNW 1957 – 1998
- National President of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. 1946-1957
- National Board member of the YWCA 1944 - 1977
- Mentored by Mary McLeod Bethune, who founded NCNW
- Graduated from New York University with a Master’s Degree in Psychology
- International Education leader
- Legendary Civil Rights Activist AND Only African-American Female to Lead in the Civil Rights Struggle with Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., Whitney H. Young, A. Philip Randolph, James Farmer, Roy Wilkins and John Lewis
- Stood on Same Platform with Dr. King delivered his “I Have a Dream” Speech
- Worked to prevent lynching, desegregate the U.S. armed forces, reform the criminal justice system, and allow free access to public accommodations
- Published her memoir Open Wide the Freedom Gates - describes her being denied admittance to Barnard College because the “two Negro student” quota had been reached before her arrival
- Awarded Barnard College’s 1980 Barnard Medal of Distinction, its highest honor
- Received 36 honorary doctorate degrees from universities and colleges including Princeton University, Harvard University, Morehouse College, Howard University, New York University, Columbia University, Spelman College, Bennett College, Tuskegee University, and Meharry Medical College
- Received awards such as the Congressional Gold Medal in 2003, Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1994, NAACP's Spingarn Medal in 1993, Franklin D. Roosevelt's Freedom From Want Award in 1993, President's Citizen's Medal John F. Kennedy Memorial Award in 1989, the Congressional Black Caucus Decade of Service Award in 1980, and the Hadassah Myrtle Wreath of Achievement in 1964
- Inducted into Democracy Hall of Fame in 2004
- Inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame in 1993
- Named the Ladies Home Journal 1974 Woman of the Year
- Burned the $5 million mortgage of the Washington, DC Headquarters on Pennsylvania Avenue in 2002 on her 90 birthday through friends and supporters fundraising efforts
- Visiting Professor at University of Delhi, India – Delhi School of Social Work (1952)
- 1 of 10 American Youth Delegates to attend the World Conference of Life and Work of the Churches in Oxford, England
- Represented the YWCA at the World Conference of Christian Youth in Amsterdam, Holland (1939)
- 1 of 10 American Youth invited by Eleanor Roosevelt to plan the World Youth Conference to be held at Vassar College (1938)
Height passed away at Howard University Hospital
on April 20, 2010 due to natural causes.
Dr. Dorothy Height Funeral Services
Tuesday, April 27
6:00 – 10:00 p.m. --- Dr. Height will lie in repose at the NCNW Dorothy I. Height building for a public viewing.
Wednesday, April 28
2:00 p.m. --- The Delta Sigma Theta Sorority will conduct a public Omega Omega Service at Howard University. Dr. Height served as national president of the sorority in 1947.
7:00 p.m. --- A “Community Celebration of Life” memorial will be held at Shiloh Baptist Church in Washington, D.C. The memorial is open to the public.
Thursday, April 29
10:00 a.m. --- A funeral service will be conducted at Washington National Cathedral and is open to the public. The burial service will follow at Fort Lincoln Cemetery in Maryland.
"So long as God let's me live, I will be on the firing line."
– Dr. Dorothy Height
"People ask me, did I ever dream it would happen, and I said, 'If you didn't have the dream, you couldn't have worked on it."
– Dr. Dorothy Height on Obama’s win of the 2008 Presidential Election
"Dr. Height devoted her life to those struggling for equality ... and served as the only woman at the highest level of the civil rights movement - witnessing every march and milestone along the way.”
- President Barack Obama
“I think what bothers me most today is that our young people go through doors that have been opened and don’t know how they got open.”
- Dr. Dorothy Height
“Many women have stood on the shoulders of Dr. Dorothy Irene Height; now they all spread their wings and fly.”
– Andrea L. “Aunni” Young, AYD
NCNW's 12th Annual
Uncommon Height Awards Gala
The Twelfth Annual Uncommon Height Gala will be held in October 2010, at the Hilton Washington Hotel, 1919 Connecticut Avenue NW in Washington, DC beginning at 6:00 pm.
Ticket are $250.00.
The Uncommon Height Gala celebrates
Dr. Dorothy Height and her lifetime achievements.
The 2010 Gala will be a tribute to her.