NYU Steinhardt Remembers Civil Rights Activist Alumna Dorothy Height

Dorothy Height (BA ’33, MA ’35, HON ’75) taught us to fight hard, privilege justice and equality, and see the beauty in every human being. A leader of the African-American and women’s rights movements, she worked alongside prominent civil rights leaders, including Martin Luther King Jr., and helped organize the historic march on Washington. After being rejected by Barnard, which had met its two Negro quota, Height took the subway down to Washington Square, and was admitted to the School of Education that afternoon. “From that day forward I have loved every brick of that university,” Height wrote.

In 2005, Height was awarded NYU Alumni Association’s Eugene J. Keogh Award for Distinguished Public Service. The award was conferred upon her in Steinhardt Dean Mary Brabeck’s office, who interviewed her for this video.

Read a complete profile of Dorothy Height from NYU’s Alumni magazine

Dorothy Height

Steinhardt ’33, ’35, HON ’75
President Emerita, National Council of Negro Women

Read President Obama’s remarks at Dorothy Height’s funeral service.