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NCRW: A Tribute to Dorothy Height & Wilma Mankiller

April 22, 2010

The National Council for Research on Women put together a wonderful tribute to Dorothy Height and Wilma Mankiller.  Check it out -


A Tribute to Dorothy Height & Wilma Mankiller...




 "I  want to be remebered as someone who used herself and anything she could touch to work for justice and freedom.... I want to be remembered as one who tried ."

- Dorothy Height (1912-2010)


Dorothy I. Height Tribute Statement


"Dr. Dorothy I. Height fought against race and gender prejudice her whole life - starting from the age of 12, when Dorothy demanded to speak to the manager after being denied entrance to a swimming pool because of the color of her skin. Since then, Height went on to participate in virtually all of the major civil rights events from the 1950s through the 1980s, to be a leader within the YWCA and the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW), and to create and run programs that help millions of people around the world."


Civil Rights Legend Dorothy Height Passes

National Council of Negro Women

"Throughout her life, Dr. Height inspired countless women to become effective leaders. She advocated for families and encouraged children to value education and social justice. To draw on the words of NCNW founder Mary McLeod Bethune, Dr. Height leaves us love, hope, the challenge of developing confidence in one another, respect for the use of power, faith and racial dignity. She was a national treasure who lived life abundantly. She will be greatly missed, not only by those of us who knew her well, but by the countless beneficiaries of her enduring legacy."  


Dorothy Height, Largely Unsung Giant of the Civil Rights Era, Dies at 98

The New York Times

"One of the last living links to the social activism of the New Deal era, Ms. Height had a career in civil rights that spanned nearly 80 years, from anti-lynching protests in the early 1930s to the inauguration of President Obama in 2009. That the American social landscape looks as it does today owes in no small part to her work."


Civil Rights Hero Dorothy Height Passes

Women's Media Center

 "As women challenge the wage gap in today's equal pay day protests, they will do so in the spirit of Dr. Height and remember her 50 years of dedication to achieving women's rights for full equal employment, pay and education as president of the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW) from 1957 to 1997."





"Friends describe me as someone who likes to sing and dance along the edge of the roof.  I try to encourage young women to be willing to take risks, to stand up for the things they believe in, and to step up and accept the challenge of serving in leadership roles."

- Wilma Mankiller (1945-2010) 


Tribute: Wilma Mankiller - 1945-2010


"Wilma Mankiller was a wife, a mother, and Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation. From the time she finished high school until her death she worked to improve the lives of her people - helping them to receive better education and health care. She taught her people to persevere and take pride in their Cherokee traditions."


Cherokee Chief Wilma Mankiller Passes Away 

  Women's Media Center

"Mankiller fought for Native Americans with righteousness.  Over the course of her 10 year term as Chief, Mankiller successfully tripled Cherokee enrollment, doubled employment, and built new health centers and children's programs.  Mankiller even managed to bring presidential attention to the often-overlooked problems facing Native Americans by meeting with President Ronald Reagan, President George HW Bush, and President Clinton.  For her humanitarian accomplishments, President Bill Clinton presented Mankiller with the nation's highest civilian award - the Presidential Medal of Freedom - in 1998."


Wilma Mankiller, Cherokee Chief and First Woman to Lead Major Tribe, Is Dead at 64

 The New York Times

"Wilma Mankiller, who as the first woman to be elected chief of a major American Indian tribe revitalized the Cherokee Nation's tribal government and improved its education, health and housing..."


Modern Cherokees' first female chief, Wilma Mankiller, excelled over hardship

 The Washington Post

"Although women have long played leadership roles in Native American communities, few before Ms. Mankiller were elected to the top position of one of the country's largest tribes."