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Dorothy Heights Residence (464 West 152nd Street)

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Civil Rights activist Dorothy Heights long-time residence

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Borough : Manhattan
Neighborhood : Hamilton Heights
Residential, Social Movements, African/ American, Housing

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Written by Gemma Diaz

From 1944-1974, civil rights and womens rights activist Dr. Dorothy Irene Height (March 24, 1912 Virginia - April 20, 2010 Washington D.C.) lived at 464 152nd Street in the Hamilton Heights/Sugar Hill Northwest Historic District.

In the 1950s and 1960s, Height was one of the most prominent female activitists working alongside Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and other leaders of the American civil rights movement. In 1957, she became President of the National Council of Negro Women. Fighting for womens rights on issues such as equal pay and education, Height led the organization for forty years, during which time she developed programs such as "pig banks" to help poor rural families raise their own livestock, and "Wednesdays in Mississippi," in which black and white women from the north traveled to Mississippi to meet with their southern counterparts in an effort to ease racial tensions and bridge...

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[1]“Dorothy Height, civil rights activist, dies at 98”. Associated Press. April 20, 2010

[2] Harris, Paisley Jane. “Gatekeeping and Remaking: The Politics of Respectability in African American Womens History and Black Feminism”. Journal of Womens History 15.1(2003): 212-220

[3] New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission. June 18, 2002

[4] Height, Dorothy. Open Wide the Freedom Gates: A Memoir. New York: Public Affairs, 2003. Print


Gemma Diaz Nominated through Dr. Marta Gutmans Gender and Architecture class, Spitzer School of Architecture, City College, New York, 2013.

Dorothy Height received less attention than her contemporaries in either the civil rights or womens movement, perhaps because she was doubly marginalized, by womens groups because of her race and by black groups because of her sex. I consider it important to acknowledge this part of her private life which was also part of her public life.

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