Research Project Title

Dorothy Height

Session Type

Poster Presentation

Research Project Abstract

Dorothy Height was an educator and a civil rights activist. Height became one of the most famous black female leaders in the 1960s and was known as the Godmother of the Civil Rights Movement. During her time as an activist, Height helped mediate the Harlem riots of 1935. Height worked closely with lots of the big names in Civil Rights movement and was present for nearly all major events of the Civil Rights Movement. While advocating for human rights, Dorothy Height also called for a larger role of women in the movement. Height perused a “Double Victory” of her own. She challenged the view that women were digressing and taking the discussion off the main track. What she really wanted was the voice of women to be heard as well as the voice of African Americans. This research will utilize both primary sources through interviews with Height as well as secondary sources to give back ground context and her significance. The research will focus on how Dorothy Height, through her passion for the right to be heard changed the atmosphere of the Civil Rights Movement especially within black male leaders.

Session Number

PS2

Location

HUB Multipurpose Room

Abstract Number

PS2-b

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Apr 28th, 11:00 AM Apr 28th, 12:30 PM

Dorothy Height

HUB Multipurpose Room

Dorothy Height was an educator and a civil rights activist. Height became one of the most famous black female leaders in the 1960s and was known as the Godmother of the Civil Rights Movement. During her time as an activist, Height helped mediate the Harlem riots of 1935. Height worked closely with lots of the big names in Civil Rights movement and was present for nearly all major events of the Civil Rights Movement. While advocating for human rights, Dorothy Height also called for a larger role of women in the movement. Height perused a “Double Victory” of her own. She challenged the view that women were digressing and taking the discussion off the main track. What she really wanted was the voice of women to be heard as well as the voice of African Americans. This research will utilize both primary sources through interviews with Height as well as secondary sources to give back ground context and her significance. The research will focus on how Dorothy Height, through her passion for the right to be heard changed the atmosphere of the Civil Rights Movement especially within black male leaders.