NABJ Mourns the Passing of Dr. Dorothy I. Height, the leading Female Voice of the Civil Rights Movem
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Posted by: ryan williams
The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) mourns the
passing of Dr. Dorothy Irene Height, the leading female voice of the
1960s Civil Rights Movement, and long-time President of the National
Council of Negro Women. She was 98. Dr. Height also served as the 10th
national president of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., 1947 to 1956.
"Dr. Dorothy Height has been an inspiration to women and men around
the world. She will truly be missed. We have lost an awesome leader,"
said NABJ President Kathy Times.
A winner of the Congressional Gold Medal, Height had the ear of U.S. presidents from Dwight Eisenhower to Barack Obama.
"We are not a problem people; we are a people with problems. We have
historic strengths; we have survived because of family." - Dorothy
In 1986, Dorothy Height became convinced that negative images of black
family life were a significant problem, and to address this concern,
she founded the annual Black Family Reunion, a festival that originated
in Washington, D.C.
Dr. Height died Tuesday as a result of natural causes at Howard
University Hospital in Washington, D.C. NABJ offers condolences to Dr.
Height’s family and friends and to our entire black community on the
loss of this great advocate.
For more information about NABJ, contact Ryan Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-866-479-NABJ.
An advocacy group established in 1975 in Washington, D.C., NABJ is the
largest organization of journalists of color in the nation, with more
than 4,100 members, and provides educational, career development and
support to black journalists worldwide.