Black History Month: Celebrating Those Who Came Before Us

  • Dorothy Height (1912 - 2010) 

    Dorothy Height

    Known as the “godmother of the women’s movement,” Dorothy Height used her education in social work to advance women’s rights.  She is credited as the first person to merge the issues of women’s equality and civil rights.  She was a leader in the Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA), and the president of the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW) for more than 40 years.  She was one of the chief organizers and represented the only women’s organization recognized at the 1963 March on Washington, where Dr. King delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech. She was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1994 and the Congressional Gold Medal in 2004 for her civil rights activism. 

  • February 5, 2021


  • Source:  O The Oprah Magazine, January 2021, National Parks Services, National Women’s History Museum