(March 24, 1912 – April 20, 2010)
Ms. Height is credited as the first person in the modern civil rights era to treat the problems of equality for women and equality for African-Americans as a seamless whole. This was a merging concern that had historically been largely separate.
Originally trained as a social worker, she was president of the National Council of Negro Women for four decades. These dates stemmed from 1957 to 1997, overseeing a range of programs on issues like voting rights, poverty and, in later years, AIDS.
A longtime executive of the Y.W.C.A., she presided over the integration of its facilities nationwide in the 1940s.
In 1963, Ms. Height, by then president of the National Council of Negro Women, sat on the platform an arm’s length from Dr. King as he delivered his epochal “I Have a Dream” speech.
Ms. Height was one of the march’s chief organizers and a prizewinning speaker herself. She was