Google_Dorothy Height

Maybe it’s just me, and perhaps maybe I’ve just been sleep, but Google’s Doodles this year have been killing it when it comes to African-American history. Having shown love to Harriet Tubman on the first day of Black History Month last month, Google continues to highlight notable African-American women by having its Doodle for March 24th honor the late Dorothy Height.

Born on this day in 1912, and as well-known for consistently being spotted in a wide-brimmed hat (it’s even in her Doodle) as she was for her contributions to the Civil Rights movement, Dorothy Irene Height was most known for her commitment to women’s rights and especially the rights of African-American women. She was a graduate of Barnard College, New York University, and The Columbia University School of Social Work. Height joined the National Council of Negro Women at the early age of 25 and, later on down the line, would serve as the organization’s President for four decades. She not only advocated dialogue amongst and between women cross-culturally, but her leadership potential was noticed by plenty of American presidents: Height was notably involved with First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt and served as an advisor at times to President Lyndon Johnson. She was also a contributor to The Belmont Report, which broke down the ethical and social offenses involved with the infamous Tuskegee Syphilis Study.

When Height passed away in four years ago on April 20th, at the age of 98, she left behind a legacy of accomplishments and achievements that included Presidential Medal of Freedom, Congressional Gold Medal, and Presidential Citizen Awards, to say nothing of her influence and contributions as a member of the African-American social and community organization Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated… a legacy that Google was proud to remind us today is far from forgotten.