Wednesday, April 28, 2010


The WTU pays tribute to a gracious and giving leader, Dr. Dorothy Height. A champion for civil rights equality, Height served as chair and president emerita of the National Council of Negro Women and chairperson of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights. Born in Richmond, Virginia and educated in public schools in Pennsylvania, Height obtained her bachelor and master’s degrees from New York University. She was a prominent figure during the civil rights era and received many awards for her extraordinary service including the John F. Kennedy Memorial award; the Congressional Black Caucus-Decades of Service award; President Ronald Reagan-citizen medal; Franklin Roosevelt-Freedom Medal Essence award. In 2004 on Dr. Heights 92nd birthday, George W. Bush also presented her with the Congressional Gold Medal - the highest and most distinguished award Congress can award to a civilian.

Dorothy Height will be memorialized tomorrow, April 29, 2010 at the Washington National Cathedral at 10am. While her loss will be heavily mourned she is immortalized by actions.

Please see the AFT Human and Civil Rights press release on Dorothy Height.

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