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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

WOOF: 50 Women Over 50 -- Dorothy Height

Wednesday's R 4 WOOFers!

And today we're honoring a fearless female the world lost last week at the young age of 98.

A woman who helped pave the way for women of all colors and creeds.

A woman who in the 60s organized "Wednesdays in Mississippi" to encourage dialogue between Northern and Southern white and black women in an effort to ease racial tension.

A woman who was instrumental with the YWCA until she was 60, and president of the National Council of Negro Women into her 80's.

A woman who marched with Martin Luther King Jr. and at the age of 25 met then-First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt and Mary McLeod Bethune, founder of the NCNW.

A woman whose life changed when she was told by Bethune that the council needed her. She wrote in her memoir Open Wide the Freedom Gates, "I remember how [Bethune] made her fingers into a fist to illustrate for the women the significance of working together to eliminate injustice."

In 2003 the President of the United States awared this lady the Congressional Gold Medal on which her words were inscribed: "...I am grateful to have been in a time and place where I could be a part of what was needed."

In memory of Dr. Dorothy Irene Height (1912-2010)
(Photo: David Kohl / / March 13, 2008)
To read more on Dr. Height's life and accomplishments, click here.


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1 comment:

Green Monkey said...

She was truly a remarkable woman.

just found your post, I'm in my 50th year, almost 51, so I though I'd hop on board! Best,
Shannon aka Green Monkey