Dorothy Irene Height
We are not a problem people; we are a people with problems. We have historic strengths; we have survived because of family.
Involved in the civil rights movement from its beginnings as an advisor to presidents and a friend of powerful civil rights leaders such as Mary McLeod Bethune and Eleanor Roosevelt, Height has been an early and influential voice in promoting the rights of women in America. She has worked to strengthen the black family, integrate schools and bring women from different countries and races together. She has also served as President of the National Council of Negro Women for 40 years until 1997. In 2004, she was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal for lifetime achievement by President George Bush on behalf of the United States Congress.