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Open Wide the Gates of Freedom / a Memoir

Height, Dorothy

ISBN 10: 1586481576 / ISBN 13: 9781586481575
Published by Public Affairs, 2003
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½" tear to dust jacket at top of; NOT an ex-library book. All books expertly packed and shipped promptly. Selling Used and Rare Books since 1948. Very Good+ spine. ½" smudge to right side of page edges.not affecting interior. Signed by author Height on bookplate. Foreword by Maya Angelou. A nice copy. Bookseller Inventory # 9050

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Title: Open Wide the Gates of Freedom / a Memoir

Publisher: Public Affairs

Publication Date: 2003

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good+

Edition: Fourth Edition.

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Synopsis:

Dorothy Height marched at civil rights rallies, sat through tense White House meetings, and witnessed every major victory in the struggle for racial equality. Yet as the sole woman among powerful, charismatic men, someone whose personal ambition was secondary to her passion for her cause, she has received little mainstream recognition--until now. In her memoir, Dr. Height, now ninety-one, reflects on a life of service and leadership. We witness her childhood encounters with racism and the thrill of New York college life during the Harlem Renaissance. We see her protest against lynchings. We sit with her onstage as Martin Luther King Jr. delivers his "I Have a Dream" speech. We meet people she knew intimately throughout the decades: W.E.B. DuBois, Marcus Garvey, Eleanor Roosevelt, Mary McLeod Bethune, Adam Clayton Powell Sr., Langston Hughes, and many others. And we watch as she leads the National Council of Negro Women for forty-one years, her diplomatic counsel sought by U.S. Presidents from Eisenhower to Clinton.

After the fierce battles of the 1960s, Dr. Height concentrates on troubled black communities, on issues like rural poverty, teen pregnancy and black family values. In 1994, her efforts are officially recognized. Along with Rosa Parks, she receives the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor.

About the Author:

Dr. Dorothy Height has more than twenty honorary degrees. In addition to the Presidential Medal of Freedom, she has received the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Freedom Medal and the Citizens Medal Award, which President Ronald Reagan awarded her in 1989. Now 91, she continues to serve as chair and president emerita of the National Council of Negro Women. She lives in Washington, D.C.

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