Adolfo P. Esquivel
Al Gore
Alice Walker
Amitabha Sadangi
Anderson Cooper
Andrew Young
Ann Cotton
Annie Lennox
Arun Gandhi
Bart Weetjens
Benazir Bhutto
Betty Williams
Bianca Jagger
Bill Cosby
Bill Drayton
Bishop C.F.X. Belo
Bob Geldof
Bunker Roy
Carlos Santana
César E. Chávez
Chief L. George
Christ. Amanpour
Clarence B. Jones
Colin Powell
Connie Duckworth
Coretta Scott King
Craig Kielburger
Dalai Lama
Daniel Lubetzky
David Brower
David Ho
David Trimble
Desmond Tutu
Dith Pran
Dolores Huerta
Don Cheadle
Dorothy Height
Dorothy Stoneman
Elie Wiesel
Eric Schwarz
Frederik W de Klerk
Gary Cohen
Geoffrey Canada
George Clooney
George Lucas
George Mitchell
Gérard Jean-Juste
Gillian Caldwell
Greg Boyle
Greg Mortenson
Hafsat Abiola
Harry G. Belafonte
Harry Wu
Helen Caldicott
Henry A. Kissinger
Ida Jackson
Immaculee Ilibagiza
Ingrid Betancourt
Ingrid W. El-Issa

Dorothy Height


Dorothy HeightAmerica welcomed one of the most influential advocates of women's and civil rights on March 24, 1912. An outstanding student, she attended New York University, earning her bachelor's and master's degrees in four years. She took postgraduate studies in social work before her commitment to rise above the limitations of race and sex drove her into a career of activism. In 1937, Height was asked to promote the work of the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW), an organization dedicated to the full and equal employment and education opportunities for women. During her 40 years of leading the NCNW, Height developed programs aimed at fighting prominent problems and strengthening communities. Height continued her fight for civil rights by participating in a protest against lynching, advocating for a fair legal system, the termination of racial restrictions in public transportation, and the end of segregation in the military. By the 1960's, Height was at the forefront of the civil rights movement and shared the stage with Mr. Luther King, Jr. when he gave his "I have a dream" speech. She also organized "Wednesdays in Mississippi," a program that drew black and white women from the North and South to foster a mutual understanding. Height never drew attention to herself and much of her accomplishments didn't see the limelight they deserved in a movement dominated by men. But recently, Pesident Clinton presented her with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nations highest civilian honor. Finally, on her 92nd birthday, president George W. Bush awarded Heights the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest civilian award given by the United States Congress. She has been inducted to the Women's Hall of Fame, and is certainly hailed as a pioneering woman who has given hope and right to people too numerous to count.


"If you worry about who is going to get credit, you don't get much work done."


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