This Day in History: 1912-03-24

African American civil rights and women’s rights activist Dorothy Irene Height is born. Height focused on the issues of African American women, including unemployment, illiteracy, and voter awareness. Height is credited as the first leader in the civil rights movement to recognize inequality for women and African Americans as problems that should be considered as a whole. She was the president of the National Council of Negro Women for 40 years. Learn more.