On this very special day, I ask that you take a moment to share the story of an incredible woman who changed all of our lives for the better. To NCNW, she was much more than our President; she was a timeless fountain of wisdom, strength and unconditional love. On April 20, 2010, Dr. Height left this world at the beautiful age of ninety-eight.
Dorothy Irene Height was an American administrator, educator, and a civil rights and women’s rights activist specifically focused on the issues of African-American women. Including unemployment, illiteracy, and voter awareness. She was the president of the National Council of Negro Women for forty years and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1994 and the Congressional Gold Medal in 2004.
n her own words, Dr. Height said, “I have dedicated my life in service to others – especially women and children – who are less fortunate and who need a voice. I have tried to be that voice. There is still a great need for people who are willing to sacrifice themselves for the greater good. Who will step into the breach and assume the legacy? When I look to the future, I am pleased to note that there are fine young people, waiting in the wings, eager to take up the mantle of service. We, the older generation, have a duty to teach our young that there is a ‘greater good.’ We can no longer give the impression that it is all about themselves. Moreover, they must be taught Godly principles – the first of which is to serve.”