Dr. Height was born in 1912 and won a scholarship to Barnard College based on her oratorical skills (though she attended NYU). After achieving her bachelor's and master degrees and advanced study in Social Work, she began her lifelong crusade for equality and equal opportunity. She also worked tirelessly for voter registration and education. Presidents from Roosevelt to Reagan to Bush to Obama trusted her as advisor and honored her accomplishments. May said she had the most remarkable ability to reach across barriers-between women and men, white and those of color, rich and poor. For more details and moving photographs, see NPR's indepth coverage, the National Council of Negro Women (she was Chair and President Emerita), or read her amazing memoir Open Wide the Freedom Gates.
In "Tell Me More", Jennifer Longmire-Wright captures much of Dorothy's essence:
Dr. Height was a bridge-builder who understood that we all had something to gain from coming together. She...said that there is strength in numbers. It's okay to ask for help.
One of her stands particularly struck home with me so I will close this tribute with: