Black women are the backbone of every institution, but sometimes they are not recognized as even being there, even in the civil rights movement.
There was a myth across the South that the only two free people were the white male and the black woman, and that black women had better chances at jobs. Well, that was because they scrubbed floors.
We've got to work to save our children and do it with full respect for the fact that if we do not, no one else is going to do it. We're not going to allow ourselves to be told that we cannot function, that we dysfunction.
Frederick Douglass said, 'In the struggle for justice, the only reward is the opportunity to be in the struggle." You can't expect that you're going to have it tomorrow. You just have to keep working on it.
—National Council of Negro Women President and Chair Emeritus Dorothy Height in her own words, as excerpted from I Dream A World: Portraits of Black Women Who Changed America, by Brian Lanker
Today, we lost the backbone, our spine—an angel who's sole concern was standing up for us and our babies when, it seemed, no one else would. With a strong voice. No fear. Lots of mettle. And God by her side.
Soar with the angels, Dorothy Height. Activist. Feminist. Leader. Visionary. Beautiful. And loved.