The National Council of Negro Women (NCNW) and The Dorothy I. Height Education Foundation (DIHEF) is celebrating the life of Dr. Dorothy Height with a commemorative week, starting with an event that was held at Shiloh Baptist Church in Washington D.C over the weekend.
Height, who chaired the NCNW for 50 years, was an activist for civil rights, as well as women’s rights. A Richmond native, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1994 and the Congressional Gold Medal in 2004.
This week, the NCNW and DIHEF urge women to engage in service activities to honor the memory of Dr. Height.
“Dr. Height would want us to remember her birthday in service to others,” said Barbara Shaw, chair of NCNW.
To participate in the call of service, women are encouraged to engage in activities such as these:
On top of encouraging these activities, the NCNW and DIHEF are compiling how women observe this week by posting any additional acts of service on their website, dorothyireneheight.org. Also on the website, a forum for users to talk about the accomplishments and influence of Dr. Height, which is exactly the goal for Shaw and the NCNW.
“Through our online efforts everybody everywhere will be able to participate in the centennial celebration of service,” says Shaw.