H.Res. XX: Celebrating the life of Dr. Dorothy Irene Height and recognizing her life-long dedication and leadership in the struggle for human rights and equality for all people until her death at age 98 on April 20, 2010

H.Res. XX

Celebrating the life of Dr. Dorothy Irene Height and recognizing her life-long dedication and leadership in the struggle for human rights and equality for all people until her death at age 98 on April 20, 2010

Sponsor
Rep. Marcia L. Fudge

Date
April 21, 2010 (111th Congress, 2nd Session)

Staff Contact
Communications

Floor Situation

The House is scheduled to consider H.Res. XX under suspension of the rules, requiring a two-thirds majority vote for passage. H.Res. XX was introduced on April 21, 2010, by Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-OH).

Bill Summary

H.Res. XX resolves that the House of Representatives:

•  "Celebrates the life of Dr. Dorothy Irene Height and;

•  "Expresses recognition for her life-long dedication and leadership in the struggle for human rights for all people."

 

Background

According to the resolution's findings, Dr. Dorothy Irene Height was a humanitarian and prominent figure of the civil rights movement who advocated equality for women and women's rights in the United States. Dr. Height led many national organizations, including thirty-three years of service on the staff of the National Board of the YWCA of the USA, serving as Director of the National YWCA School for Professional Workers. She became the first Director of the Center for Racial Justice, served as President of the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW) for four decades, as President of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, and continued to provide guidance as Chair and President Emerita of NCNW until her death.

Dr. Height was the recipient of countless awards and honors, including the Presidential Citizens Medal in 1989 by President Reagan, the Presidential Medal of Honor in 1994 by President Clinton, and the Congressional Medal of Honor by President George W. Bush on behalf of Congress in 2004.