Dorothy I. Height: Her Life in Pictures

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“[Harlem] was my community. Yes, when I hear people talk about it, like Harlem, I have to say, it is a community and it was my community. And even with much of the deterioration, there remain some of these elements. For instance, when I was talking about some of the things that endeared the community to me when I was a student—I have to say a student, because all my early period there, I came as a college student, so I say, as a student. But the library on 135th Street was sort of another gathering place for young people. … You can't grow up in a community and feel yourself an intimate part of it without, I suppose, being reluctant to part from it.”  "The Reminiscences of Dorothy I. Height," an interview by Polly Cowan in the Black Women Oral History Project (Cambridge, MA: Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Insitute for Advanced Studies, 2 February 1975) Courtesy of the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies, and the Oral History Collection of Columbia University. (Image Source: Columbia University)

“[Harlem] was my community. Yes, when I hear people talk about it, like Harlem, I…