Dr. Dorothy Height is in intensive care in a Washington, D.C. hospital on her 98th Birthday. Former Clinton Labor Secretary Alexis Herman says her “Birthday celebration will go on because Dr. Height wanted it.” The event has shifted from a party to a birthday filled with prayers for her speedy recovery.
Dr. Height is the last female activist icon of the Civil Rights era. She is an institution who has been meeting with Presidents, Democratic and Republican, since President Roosevelt to President Obama. She was last at the White House in early March for a Women’s History Month event. During the occassion, First Lady Michelle Obama called her “friend”.
Dr. Height has mentored women from all races. Many have said Dr. Height, the President Emerita of the National Council fo Negro Women, has been a mentor to many to include Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Those who know Dr. Height and her accomplishments contend she is a tireless worker for issues of education, jobs and healthcare. They say her voice is especially strong for African American women and the black family.
Dr. Height’s reach has stretched around the globe to include a Micro Lending program in Africa. She is the founder of the Black Family reunion, and she is also known for garnering the respect of those in Washington at a time when blacks and women did not have a prominent place at the table with the policy makers.
Some words used to describe her have been that of intregrity and honor. A high ranking Democrat who wishes not to be identified says she is a “low key woman with a High Profile.” All of her accomplishments while wearing her signature hats.