I was reading the Person of the Year "Time" magazine
article and came across Mrs. Dr. Dorothy Height.
Dr. Dorothy Height has inspired generations of americans to believe that
our country can still make manifest its pledge to be "one nations under God ...
with liberty and justice for all." The steadfast president of the National Council of
Negro Women. Dr. Height was uniquely qualified for her work. She a capacity to
hear people and see in them their full potential and an even greater capacity
to require that Presidents and Cabinet Secretaries do the same.
It is rare to find an individual who had such a sustained influence
on local and national leaders across the decades. Like Sojourner Truth
before her, Dr. Height insisted that those with influence be inclusive and
accountable. She made sure black male civil rights leaders welcomed
women at the table. She made sure white feminist leaders embraced ending
racism as a priority. And she made it impossible for Presidents to exclude
women and people of color from their closest circle of advisers.
In October, as we convened the One Nation Working Together rally -
the most diverse march on Washington this country has seen - the words of
the one woman among the leaders of the 1963 march guided us.
"We have to improve life, not just for those who ... know how to manipulate the system, but also for and with those who often have so much to give but never get the opportunity.
Written by: Ben Jealous
Dorothy Height is on my list of people I would like to meet and
know in heaven.