Our SHEroes

“I have been in the proximity of, and threatened by, the Klan; I have been called everything people of color are called; I have been denied admission because of a quota. I’ve had all of that, but I’ve also learned that getting bitter is not the way.”  – Dorothy Height

As a civil rights and women’s rights activist who worked tirelessly to improve circumstances and opportunities for African-American women, Dorothy Height’s work was closely aligned with BGV, Inc. She was a leader in addressing the rights of both women and African Americans as the president of the National Council of Negro Women. In the 1990s, she drew young people into her cause in the war against drugs, illiteracy and unemployment. The numerous honors bestowed upon her include the Presidential Medal of Freedom (1994) and the Congressional Gold Medal (2004). She died on April 20, 2010, in Washington, D.C.

BGV, Inc. seeks to honor Dorothy Height’s legacy by making her our first “SHERO” as she is a mentor to all Black Girls who understand the importance of having a voice and allowing your voice to be heard.

  • Born on March 24, 1912, in Richmond, Virginia, African-American activist Dorothy Height spent her life fighting for civil rights and women’s rights. The daughter of a building contractor and a nurse, Height moved with her family to Rankin, Pennsylvania, in her youth. There, she attended racially integrated schools.

    In high school, Height showed great talent as an orator. She also became socially and politically active, participating in anti-lynching campaigns. Height’s skills as a speaker took her all the way to a national oratory competition. Winning the event, she was awarded a college scholarship. Height had applied to and been accepted to Barnard College in New York, but as the start of school neared, the college changed its mind about her admittance, telling Height that they had already met their quota for black students. Undeterred, she applied to New York University, where she would earn two degrees: a bachelor’s degree in education in 1930 and a master’s degree in psychology in 1932.

Citation Information

Article Title – Dorothy Height Biography
Author – Biography.com Editors
Website Name – The Biography.com website
URL – http://www.biography.com/people/dorothy-height-40743
Access Date – November 23, 2015
Publisher- A&E Television Networks