Dorothy I. Height: Her Life in Pictures

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Recognition for her public service has come from all quarters, including the Spingarn Medal from the NAACP in July 1993 and induction into The National Women’s Hall of Fame in October 1993. In 2001, Height was honored with Heinz Award’s Chairman’s Medal, given to her for her lifetime commitments to human rights and conservation efforts. Here is an excerpt from her acceptance speech:  “I'm inspired by a woman born of slave parents, Mary McLeod Bethune, who said, 'Leave no one behind' -- and that was also the spirit of John Heinz. And I'm also ever drawn by the necessity to follow Martin Luther King's admonition, that we all need each other because he said, 'The black man needs the white man to free him of his fear and the white man needs the black man to free him of his guilt.' And we come together in the spirit that this award represents, in this very special dimension that the chairman herself exemplifies and inspires us. It is important that we all work together.”

Recognition for her public service has come from all quarters, including the Spingarn Medal from…