Ebk Open Wide the Freedom Gates: A Memo (Google eBook)
Dorothy Height marched at civil rights rallies, sat through tense White House meetings, and witnessed every major victory in the struggle for racial equality. Yet as the sole woman among powerful, charismatic men, someone whose personal ambition was secondary to her passion for her cause, she has received little mainstream recognition--until now. In her memoir, Dr. Height, now ninety-one, reflects on a life of service and leadership. We witness her childhood encounters with racism and the thrill of New York college life during the Harlem Renaissance. We see her protest against lynchings. We sit with her onstage as Martin Luther King Jr. delivers his "I Have a Dream" speech. We meet people she knew intimately throughout the decades: W.E.B. DuBois, Marcus Garvey, Eleanor Roosevelt, Mary McLeod Bethune, Adam Clayton Powell Sr., Langston Hughes, and many others. And we watch as she leads the National Council of Negro Women for forty-one years, her diplomatic counsel sought by U.S. Presidents from Eisenhower to Clinton.
After the fierce battles of the 1960s, Dr. Height concentrates on troubled black communities, on issues like rural poverty, teen pregnancy and black family values. In 1994, her efforts are officially recognized. Along with Rosa Parks, she receives the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor.
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Review: Open Wide The Freedom Gates: A MemoirUser Review - Meredith - Goodreads
I picked this up by chance and feel embarrassed that I didn't know more about this extraordinary woman before now. Dorothy Height was a mover and shaker in her own right, with many recognizable faces ... Read full review
Review: Open Wide The Freedom Gates: A MemoirUser Review - Jennifer Swapp - Goodreads
This was an interesting history not only of Dorothy Height, but an introduction to many of the important civil rights players pre, during and post civil rights era. On of the most interesting ideas ... Read full review
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