Dorothy Height an Extraordinary Leader


Born just eight years before women could vote and at a time when many African- Americans were deprived of basic civil rights, Dr. Dorothy Height grew to become an extraordinary leader. This paper was intended to highlight the lecture-rationale for choosing Dr. Dorothy Height as an extraordinary leader as well as emphasize the interest in Dr. Height’s leadership qualities.

Dr. Dorothy Height: An Extraordinary Leader
Dorothy Irene Height (March 24, 1912 – April 20, 2010) was an American administrator, educator, and social activist. She was the president of the National Council of Negro Women for forty years, and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1994 and the Congressional Gold Medal in 2004. (Lovino, 2010)
Why This Extraordinary Woman
I believe the life and achievements of Dr. Height exemplify the strength and character of a leader. Against the challenges of racism, gender and social economic status, Dr. Height was able to make great strides in the advancement of women of color as a scholar, educator and social activist.   ResourceAnswers (2010), outlines many of her accomplishments which include:
• The developed leadership training programs along with interracial and ecumenical education Programs.
• Fighting for equal rights for both African Americans and women.
• The President of the National Council of Negro Women.
• Receiving the Presidential Citizens Medal (1989).
• Induction into the National Woman’s Hall of Fame (1993).
I find Dr. Height’s ability to be such an extraordinary leader intriguing. She was born at a time when women did not have the right to vote; separate but equal laws were upheld by the American Constitution; and the African-American civil rights movement was not as much as a bleep on the social radar.
Some would say that Dr. Height was “born to be a leader.” A strong case can be made for defining her leadership qualities based on a trait perspective—special innate or inborn characteristics or qualities...