Who Am I?

By  Jessie Mai Mitnick, age 11

  1. Former President Barack Obama thought of me as “the Godmother of the civil rights movement.”
  2. I was born in Richmond, Virginia, on March 24, 1912.
  3. I was raised by my mother, Fanny, who was a nurse, and my father, James, who was a building contractor.
  4. As a teenager, I started advocating for voting rights and putting a stop to lynching.
  5. I was given a scholarship to Barnard College, but I was not allowed to attend because they would not admit more than two African-American students per year.
  6. I received a Bachelor of Science degree in education and a master’s in educational psychology from New York University.
  7. I was a journalist, social activist and educator.
  8. My first job was as a social worker in Harlem, New York.
  9. I was a visiting professor in the School of Social Work at the University of Delhi in India.
  10. I was the president of the National Council of Negro Women from 1957 to 1998. With the NCNW, I focused on putting an end to the lynching of African Americans and on fighting inequality within the criminal justice system. In this organization, I also campaigned for voting rights and against poverty and AIDS.
  11. In 1971, I founded the National Women’s Political Caucus with Gloria Steinem, Shirley Chisholm, Betty Friedan and others.
  12. I was the first person to highlight the intersection between race and gender, meaning that you can’t separate equality for African Americans and women.
  13. I died in Washington, D.C., on April 20, 2010.


















Answer: Dorothy Irene Height

1 thought on “Who Am I?”

  1. Well done, Jessie. Your descriptions are clear and tightly written. Good journalistic precision and progression. I will remember the facts about Dorothy Haight because you have presented them so concisely.

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