Civil Rights Legend Dorothy Height Dies At 98

- By Bossip Staff

We’ve lost another civil rights champion: Dorothty Height died early this morning from natural causes at Howard University Hospital. The former president of the National Council of Negro Women was 98. Pop the hood.

Ms. Height was among the coalition of African American leaders who pushed civil rights to the center of the American political stage after World War II, and she was a key figure in the struggles for school desegregation, voting rights, employment opportunities and public accommodations in the 1950s and 1960s.

Ms. Height was president of the National Council of Negro Women for 40 years, relinquishing the title in 1997. The 4 million-member advocacy group consists of 34 national and 250 community-based organizations. It was founded in 1935 by educator Mary McLeod Bethune, who was one of Ms. Height’s mentors.

As a civil rights activist, Ms. Height participated in protests in Harlem during the 1930s. In the 1940s, she lobbied first lady Eleanor Roosevelt on behalf of civil rights causes. And in the 1950s, she prodded President Dwight D. Eisenhower to move more aggressively on school desegregation issues. In 1994, Bill Clinton awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor.



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    We owe more to these giants. First Benjamin Hooks, now Dorothy. We owe them more. Now she has her crown.

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  • Ms.EJ

    R.I.P. Ms. Dorothy. I pray that I can live as long as she did.

  • oxymoronicallystupiddope

    Indeed…RIP, her work here is done.

  • Ms.EJ

    almost “The View” like program and/or show*

  • Sydney™

    @Ms. EJ

    “I thought of you last night when I seen on BET that they are airing a almost vie like program and/or show called “My Black is Beautiful” on May 2, 2010.”

    Thank you, girl, I’ll definitely look for it! It seems that all the icons are leaving us. I just sent the WashPost article on Dr. Height to my parents. 😦

  • Ms.EJ

    @SYDNEY- I know 😦 but she was bles-sed to live a long good life almost 100 years which is amazing. I can only imagine all of the great things that she has seen and experienced. May her soul rest in peace.

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  • Sydney™

    @Ms. EJ

    Yes, girl, she lived a very long, productive, and influential life. I had no idea she was in her 90s — you couldn’t tell her age if you saw her in person. She was full of life, and she was such a lady. I’m waiting to see if the White House issues any sort of statement, or if Michelle will because the two of them had previously met, and Dr. Height had very complimentary things to say about the First Lady.

  • Geebz

    RIP Ms. Height. Blessings to her family and friends. May her work continue.

  • http://aol ebonieladi

    RIP Ms. Height. My condolences to the Height Family. She was a true fighter all the way to the end.

  • jewel17

    R.I.P. to one of our soldiers who had seen, heard, and lived through some of the most tumultous times for black people. I hope and pray we will pick up where she left off.

  • Sydney™

    President Obama:

    “Michelle and I were deeply saddened to hear about the p-a-s-s-i-n-g of Dorothy Height – the godmother of the Civil Rights Movement and a hero to so many Americans. Ever since she was denied entrance to college because the incoming c-l-a-s-s had already met its quota of two African American women, Dr. Height devoted her life to those struggling for equality. She led the National Council of Negro Women for 40 years, and served as the only woman at the highest level of the Civil Rights Movement – witnessing every march and milestone along the way. And even in the final weeks of her life – a time when anyone else would have enjoyed their well-earned rest – Dr. Height continued her fight to make our nation a more open and inclusive place for people of every race, gender, background and faith. Michelle and I offer our condolences to all those who knew and loved Dr. Height – and all those whose lives she touched.”

  • Blaxitive

    Her life is celebrated through her accomplishments. Living to the ripe age of 98 in itself is something worth talking about. Being and icon on top of it all adds fuel and drive to strive for something worth living for. I simply hope I can leave an impression of some sort on someone’s life when my time comes to leave this earth.
    Thank you Dorothy Height and may your soul rejoice in the presence of the Lord!

  • Sydney™

    *Statement from President Obama on Dr. Height*

  • resurrected

    She came to my church last summer to talk to us along with Farrcon because my paster knows a lot of people personally but she looks like she has lived a blessed and long life…

  • DST1913

    Rest in Peace, my Soror! The Omega Omega Chapter has a beautiful place for you. Omega Benjamin Hooks, my Fraternal Brother, you are not alone. These two greeks have worked many many years for Civil Rights for all. They will be greatly missed.

  • Aunt Viv

    Thank you Dorothy Height for paving the way for us. You will be missed, but always remembered.

  • HF

    R.I.P Ms. Height. Thanks 4 all your efforts.

  • rain

    Icon and Legend R.i.P

  • bluekid

    I’m not feeling BET anymore, it’s like any other white televisions show trying to please black folks. I’m pretty much done with it.
    And for has Dorothy Height she was concern for the black community and put her thoughts in to action for us to follow. I never had the privilege of meeting her, but her work has effect my life in a positive way. Dr. Height was a strong black woman, one that I want to grow up to be.

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