Dorothy Height


Today Google USA is celebrating the life and Legacy of Dorothy Height. She is regarded by many as the Grandmother of the Civil Rights movement in the USA. Today Google announced her Birthdate to honor her legacy. Dorothy Height was born in the USA in Richmond Virginia on the 24th of March 1912.



She passed away on the 20th of April 2010 at the age of 98 in Washington Virginia USA.

Dorothy Height President of the National Council of Negro Women

Some of Dorothy Height’s involvement in Politics and the rights of Black People in America included being president of the National Council of Negro women, she led the organization for 40 years. The National Council of Negro Women (NCNW) is a non-profit organization with the mission to advance the opportunities and the quality of life for African-American women, their families and communities.

Dorothy Height awards and the Presidential Medal of Freedom

The Presidential Medal of Freedom is an award bestowed by the President of the United States and is—along with the comparable Congressional Gold Medal, bestowed by an act of U.S. Congress—the highest civilian award of the United States. It recognizes those individuals who have made “an especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the United States, world peace, cultural or other significant public or private endeavors”.  Dorothy Height received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1994 from President Bill Clinton.

On Dorothy Height’s 92nd birthday on March 24, 2004, President George W. Bush presented her the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest civilian and most distinguished award presented by the United States Congress.

Google honored Dorothy Height’s contributions and legacy with a Dorothy Height Google Doodle on the 24th of March 2014. The doodle shows a drawing of Dorothy Height inside the doodle, similar to several photos of Dorothy Height.

Dorothy Height Other Notable Awards.

  • John F. Kennedy Memorial Award
  • Hadassah Myrtle Wreath of Achievement
  • Ministerial Interfaith Association Award
  • Ladies Home Journal – Woman of the Year
  • Congressional Black Caucus – Decades of Service
  • President Ronald Reagan – Citizens Medal
  • Franklin Roosevelt – Freedom Medal
  • Essence Award
  • Camille Cosby World of Children Award
  • Caring Institute – Caring Award
  • NAACP – Spingarn Medal
  • National Women’s Hall of Fame

Dorothy Height’s Honorary Doctorate Degrees University Awards

Dortohy Height received 36 Honorary Doctorate Degrees from universities and colleges across the United States these include:

  • Princeton University
  • Columbia University
  • Meharry Medical College
  • New York University
  • Tuskegee University
  • Spelman College
  • Pace University
  • Bennett College
  • Lincoln University
  • Harvard University
  • Howard University,

To name a few.

Dorothy Height was named to deal with the outcome of the Harlem riot of 1935. Dorothy Height led a crusade for justice for Black women and since l986 worked to strengthen the Black family. Under her leadership.