Dorothy Height

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Dorothy Irene Height (March 24, 1912 – April 20, 2010)[1] was an American administrator, educator, and social activist. She was the president of the National Council of Negro Women for forty years, and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1994, and the Congressional Gold Medal in 2004. Height was born in Richmond, Virginia. At a very early age, she moved with her family to Rankin, Pennsylvania, a steel town in the suburbs of Pittsburgh. Height was admitted to Barnard College in 1929, but upon arrival, she was denied entrance because the school had an unwritten policy of admitting only two black students per year.[2] She pursued studies instead at New York University, earning a degree in 1932, and a master's degree in…show more content…
[1] She attended the National Black Family Reunion, celebrated on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., every year until her death in 2010.[citation needed] On March 25, 2010 Height was admitted to Howard University Hospital in Washington D.C. for unspecified reasons. Her spokeswoman issued a statement stating that at that time she was in a "very serious, but stable" condition but that they were remaining optimistic about her recovery. On April 20, 2010, Height died at the age of ninety-eight. Her funeral service at the Washington National Cathedral on April 29, 2010 was attended by President and Mrs. Obama plus many dignitaries and notable people.[8] She was later interred at Fort Lincoln Cemetery in Brentwood, Maryland. [edit] Personal life According to a DNA analysis performed by African Ancestry Inc., she descended mainly from people of Sierra Leone. [9][10] [edit] Awards and honors * Presidential Citizens Medal (1989) * Spingarn Medal from the NAACP (1993) * Franklin Delano Roosevelt Freedom From Want Award (1993) * inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame (1993) * Presidential Medal of Freedom (1994)[1] * 7th Annual Heinz Award Chairman's Medal (2001)[11] * Listed on Molefi Kete Asante's list of 100 Greatest African Americans (2002)[12] * Congressional Gold Medal by President George W. Bush on behalf of the United
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