Today, as we logged onto the web, we saw Google honoring the late Dorothy Irene Height with a Google Doogle on what would have been her 102nd birthday!
Dubbed the “Godmother of Civil Rights” by President Obama, Height has been credited with bridging together the feminist and civil rights movement for African American women. For her work, Entertainment Weekly reports, Height was awarded both the Presidential Medal of Freedom (1994) and Congressional Gold Medal ten years later, in 2004. Along with feminist anchors Gloria Steinem and Betty Friedman, Height also helped co-found the National’s Women’s Political Caucus.
Heavy.com notes, Height was dismissed from Barnard College because of her race prior to her freshman year of college, with the university’s administration telling her they filled their African-American student quota. Height, instead, graduated from New York University with a Bachelor’s in Education and Master’s degree in Psychology. She was a member of the Divine Nine sorority Delta Sigma Theta and notably stood behind Dr. Martin Luther King as he delivered his icon, “I Have A Dream” speech.
Below is President Obama presenting Dr. Dorthy Irene Height’s eulogy.