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Dorothy Height


Activist for Civil Legal rights and Women’s Legal rights causes who served a 40-calendar year term as leader of the Country wide Council of Negro Women. She was recognized at Barnard University in 1929, but she had not been permitted to matriculate, as the faculty had an insurance plan of only enabling entrance to two African-American learners each year. Rather, she attended NY University, Columbia School, and the brand new York College of Social Function. She advised Leader Dwight D. Eisenhower to get rid of college segregation, and she afterwards encouraged Leader Lyndon B. Johnson to consider African-American females for government content. She was created to Fannie Burroughs and Adam Elevation in Richmond, Virginia, and she transferred to Rankin, Pa as a kid. She was offered the Congressional Silver Medal by Leader George W. Bush in 2004.

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Full Name Dorothy Height
Date Of Birth March 24, 1912
Place Of Birth Richmond, VA
Profession Civil Rights Leader
Education New York University, New York University, Columbia University
Nationality American
Parents Fannie Burroughs Height, James Edward Height
Siblings Anthanette Aldridge
Awards Presidential Medal of Freedom, Congressional Gold Medal, Spingarn Medal, Presidential Citizens Medal, Heinz Awards, Jefferson Awards for Public Service
Star Sign Aries

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1Awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1994 by President Bill Clinton.
2Awarded a Congressional Gold Medal under U.S. Public Law 108-162, 6 December 2003.
3She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority
4President of the National Council of Negro Women (1957-1998) and was prominent in the National YWCA.
5Inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame in 1993.



Independent Lens2013TV Series documentary in memory of - 1 episode
19th Annual Trumpet Awards2011TV Special in memory of



The Roosevelts: An Intimate History2014TV Series documentaryHerself - Civil Rights Activist
Independent Lens2013TV Series documentaryHerself
Before the Memories Fade: Voices from the Civil Rights Movement2012DocumentaryDr. Dorothy Height
Whiskey and Apple Pie: A Journey Across America2012DocumentaryHerself (as Dr. Dorothy I. Height)
Dr. Dorothy I. Height: Wisdom and Ways to Care2010Video documentary short
Long Live the Spirit (of the Million Man March)2009DocumentarySpeaker
Who Is Unita Blackwell?2008Documentary short
The Jewish Americans2008TV Mini-Series documentaryHerself
A Weigh with Words2007Documentary
Encore with John Palmer2006TV SeriesHerself
Legends Ball2006TV Movie documentaryHerself
The Wayne Brady Show2004TV SeriesHerself
Intimate Portrait2002TV Series documentaryHerself
We Are Not Vanishing2002TV Movie documentaryHerself
To the Contrary1998TV SeriesHerself - Interviewee
A. Philip Randolph: For Jobs and Freedom1996TV Movie documentaryHerself
The 4th Annual Black Gold Awards1987TV SpecialHerself (as Dr. Dorothy Height)

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The Roosevelts: An Intimate History2014TV Series documentaryHerself - Civil Rights Activist
To the Contrary2012TV SeriesHerself
Democracy Now!2010TV SeriesHerself

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