Bethany Caliaro February 10, 2017 SHOWCASE Black History Month // Dorothy Height Bethany Caliaro February 10, 2017 SHOWCASE Born in Virginia in 1912, Dorothy Height was a civil rights and women’s rights activist focused primarily on improving the circumstances of and opportunities for African-American women. 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. — Source You can learn even more about Dorothy Height's activism here or in this video interview.