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NABJ Mourns the Passing of Dr. Dorothy I. Height, the leading Female Voice of the Civil Rights Movem

Tuesday, April 20, 2010   (0 Comments)
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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 Height
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 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.

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