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If This Hat Could Talk

Honoring a civil rights pioneer

Dr. Dorothy Height was a determined woman.Hailed a hero, the grande dame of the civil rights movement, Dr. Height fought for racial justice and gender equality.

As an activist, Ms. Height lobbied first lady Eleanor Roosevelt on behalf of civil rights causes, and pushed President Dwight D. Eisenhower to move more aggressively on school desegregation issues.Dr. Height advocated for civil rights through the National Council of Negro Women - a place she would be affiliated with for more than 40 years, and at her death was its chairman and President emeritus.

In 1994, Bill Clinton awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor. In 2004, Dr. Height received AARP's Andrus Award --an award that pays tribute to those who bring positive social change to the world they live in. Following that ceremony, Dr. Height's work and life was celebrated on stage in a production called "If This Hat Could Talk". The play was based on Heights' memoirs.

In the video brief above, we relive memories from night that we are still celebrating today. Dr. Height died in April 2010 at the age of 98.

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