Dorothy Irene Height, known as the “Godmother of the Civil Rights Movement,” was born in Richmond on 24 Mar. 1912. Height, an advocate for African American rights and pioneer of social welfare reform and economic development for black women, children, and families, was Chair and President Emerita of the National Council of Negro Women for more than four decades. As a leader in the Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA), Height fought at the organization’s 1946 convention to ensure integration of YWCA facilities nationwide. She was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1994 and received the Congressional Gold Medal in 2004.
Original Sponsor: Department of Historic Resources
Geographic Location: Richmond (City)
Physical Description of Location: Proposed Location - 2415 Old Dominion Street, Richmond, VA 23224.
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