During Black History Month, DiversityInc is honoring a series of Black innovators and history makers such as Dorothy Height who are often overlooked in mainstream media coverage and history books. Check back throughout February to learn more about important figures.
Born: March 24, 1912, Richmond, Virginia
Died: April 20, 2010, Washington, D.C.
Best known for: Her role fighting racism and sexism during the Civil Rights movements, and being one of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s key advisers — the only woman on the platform during his famous “I Have a Dream” speech.
Dorothy Height was an activist who fought against racism and sexism since she was a teenager, actively participating in numerous anti-lynching campaigns. Height would go on to work with the YWCA, the National Council of Negro Women and activists like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and John Lewis.