Dorothy Height Dies at Age 98
Black Enterprise Magazine July/August 2018 Issue

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Her passion for volunteerism and leadership did not fall solely on the YWCA and the NCNW. She was also a dedicated member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. and served from 1947 until1956 as its national president. Some of her more notable accomplishments include:

– The establishment of the Women’s Center for Education and Career Advancement in New York City in 1970
– The dedication of the statue of Mary McLeod Bethune in Lincoln Park, Washington D.C. in 1974. The statue was the first for a woman on public land in the nation’s capital

– Participation in the 1975 Tribunal at the International Women’s Year Conference of the United Nations in Mexico City, which led to a grant awarded to the NCNW from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
– The establishment of the Bethune Council House, the former home of Mary McLeod Bethune, as a national historic site through the National Park Service. The BCH is the first institution devoted to black women’s history and houses the Bethune Museum and Archives for Black Women.

Among her numerous other achievements, Height was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame,  is a recipient of the NAACP’s Spingarn Medal, is a Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient, and on her 92nd birthday she accepted the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest civilian and most distinguished award presented by the U.S. Congress.

After receiving the 2008 Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit‘s Legacy Award, Height had this to say about her circle of women: “It is a great reminder to me that I have had the benefit of so many women who showed their power, who understood that power was neither bad nor good; it’s how you use it.”

Click here to view Women of Power Legacy Award Dorothy Height Tribute video.

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Marcia Wade Talbert

Marcia is a multimedia content producer focusing on technology at Black Enterprise Magazine. In this capacity she writes and assigns stories to educate readers about social media; digital integration; gadgets, apps, and software for business and professional development; minority tech startups; and careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). In 2012, she received two Salute to Excellence Awards from the National Association of Black Journalists and was recognized by Blacks in Technology (BiT) as one of the Top 10 Black achievers in the tech arena for 2011 at SXSW in Austin, Texas. She has spoken about technology on panels for New York Social Media Week, at The 2012 Rainbow/PUSH Wall Street Summit, as well as at Black Enterprise’s Entrepreneurs Conference and Women of Power Summit. In 2011, SocialWayne.com chose her as one of 28 People of Color Impacting the Social Web, and through crowdsourcing she was listed as one of BlackWeb2.0's/HP's 50 Most Notable African American Tastemakers in Social Media and Technology for 2010. Since taking on the role of Tech editor in September 2010, she has conceived and produced five cover stories on Technology and/or STEM and countless articles, videos, and slideshows online. Before joining BlackEnterprise.com as an interactive general assignment reporter in 2008, she freelanced with Black Enterprise beginning in 2003 while working as the technical editor at Prepared Foods magazine. There she further honed her writing skills and became an authority on food ingredients, including ingredients used in food fortification and enrichment. Meanwhile, her freelancing with Black Enterprise and BlackEnterprise.com helped her stay current on issues pertaining to the financial and business welfare of African Americans. As a general reporter for Black Enterprise she attended and reported on the Democratic and Republican National Conventions, where she interviewed Valerie Jarrett, senior advisor and assistant to President Barack Obama and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. Marcia has a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture with an emphasis in food science from the University of Minnesota, and a Master of Science degree in journalism from Roosevelt University in Chicago. En route to her secondary degree, she served as the editor-in-chief of the Roosevelt University Torch, a weekly, student-run newspaper. An avid photographer and videographer, Marcia is one of several employees at BLACK ENTERPRISE who interned for the publishing company as a college student. She lives in New Jersey with her husband, a food scientist; her seventeen-month-old daughter; and “The Cat”, but still considers Chicago home.


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