Dorothy I. Height
- Title: Open Wide The Freedom Gates: A Memoir
- Author: Dorothy I. Height
- ISBN: 9781586482862
- Page: 373
- Format: Paperback
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,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.
Recent Comments "Open Wide The Freedom Gates: A Memoir"
A real eye-opener, and an inspiration.But first an admission: When Dorothy Height died recently, I, in my arrogance, was surprised and a little irritated that I hadn't heard of her before. I went to a grade school that emerged out of the Civil Rights Movement, and tend to have at least some recognition of names from the movement. If you mention Stokely Carmichael, I'll nod. A. Philip Randolph? Sure. John Lewis? Why do you even ask? But I drew a complete blank on Dorothy Height, and was impressed [...]
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 proposed by Dorothy Height was her explanation of why African American's have traditionally been strong supporters of federal government power. She says, "There is a good reason why protection promised by federal laws based on democratic principles has always meant more to black people than to whites: [...]
I finished this book and loved it. I initially borrowed the book to research Height for a performance I was doing on her. I was giving a speech as her, but I found it genuinely interesting. One would not think that a woman who worked in the background could be exciting, but that is the true up close and personal work. She mounted programs and projects that involved people regular people doing things that would endure in their communities. The US uses a star system for the public figures we admir [...]
I think my recent fascination with this amazing woman and her amazing journey as well as her recent passing upgraded this book from 3 to 4 stars. It was very interesting to read about all that she was involved in during the Civil Rights movement and beyond, but there were so many organizations and committess named, it made my head spin. I just wish she had added a little more personal detail. On the one hand, with all of her involvement I don't see where she would have had time for a personal li [...]
An interesting book about Miss Height's civil rights work. Many do not even know who she is, and how powerful she was. I was a bit disappointed that she did not include more about her personal life (family, friends, what she liked ect). It read more like a timeline of all the great things she did.
I'm reading this because it was quoted in Cokie Roberts "We Are Our Mothers' Daughters" which I can't find in the database. Anyway, I have just finished that book which was an interesting mix of semi-biographical & women's history. Cokie Roberts writes affectionately about her family members, especially her mother, aunt & cousins as well as daughter & daughter-in-law & with admiration for all the women who went before & broke down barriers. One of them was Dorothy Height, a b [...]
Dr. Height was a very amazing woman, one who saw clearly the challenges and problems of racism, and the hurt and harm that it has done (and continues to do) to African-Americans, while at the same time retaining an optimistic outlook, a belief in the power of action, of being able to make change happen even in the face of seemingly implacable challenges of institutional racism that remain after a life of hard work.She was also a very singular person. I suspect very few people have her capacity f [...]
I was totally unaware of Dorothy Height and her life's work before reading this book. Clearly my loss, and I am now aware of what a major contribution she made to civil rights in American society.Some of the earlier chapters felt like a tour through her resume and weren't particularly interesting. The chapters on the work with the National Council for Negro Women were the clear standout of the book. Of particular interest were her discussions of her perspectives on working together with organiza [...]
Dorothy Height wrote not just a chronicle of the civil rights era, but a new American history book. Her fight has been for equality for people of color, and women as well. She is a gifted storyteller, who has been everywhere from Harlem to the White House, and has met the major cultural movers and shakers of about fifty years of this country's past. One thing I enjoy about Ms. Height is that fact that whenever she met someone, whether it was a sharecropper or a President, she interacted with the [...]
This is an important memoir. I had no idea who Dorothy Height was when I heard her discussing this memoir on Diane Rehm's NPR show. Her deep resonant voice drew me in and I read the book ---- and discovered the amazing life of a woman who had played such an important but largely unrecognized role in the 20th century history of the U.S, particularly the Civil Rights Movement. What a strong and amazing woman, and how glad I am that I picked up this book.
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 nearby. Her memoir details a life dedicated to serving the needs of others around the globe. This is great for anyone interested in social justice.
Felt like reading some inspirational autobiography and this fit the bill nicely. Height gets a bit bogged down in describing all of the committees she worked with and giving shoutouts to her fellow organizers, but the sections on her work in Harlem in the 40s and the civil rights movement in the 60s are fascinating and inspiring.
What an incredible account of the history that our history books did not tell us. The close relationship between Ms. Mary McLeod Bethune and Ms. Eleonor Roosevelt among others. Dorothy I. Height's biography is inspiring and intriguing as she recounts her tireless work to improve the lives of all Americans especially African American Women. Merci Ms. Height.
One of the many women that I admire. This book outlines all of her achievements and the contributions to society. What a role model. Another one of my autographed books. She was phenominal. I'm glad I met her and Barak Obama when i did.
Such an informative and exciting book written by Dr. Height. This book puts the reader in touch with with American civil rights and human rights history. She knows, she was there, from her relationship with First Lady, Eleanor Roosevelt to President Barack Obama. I've read it more than once.
This book was a simplistic account of a remarkable woman. I learned so much about actual events during the civil rights movement. It was really inspiring.
very good book
An incredible life, though just a so-so book. Still VERY worth a read!!
Thoughtful, measured, profound.
The matriarch of civil rights, in her own words. Dr. Height is a heroine. Required reading alongside Dr. King.
The civil rights movement from the inside; the important role of black women.
What. And. Amazeing. Woman.
I actually have a signed copy, how wonderful is that.
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