Dorothy Height

Dorothy Height (1912-2010) is considered the matriarch of the Civil Rights Movement and was an organizer of the 1963 March on Washington where she and Coretta Scott King were the only women on the platform, although she was not asked to speak at the event.
While in college at NYU she joined Harlem's St.Mark's Methodist Episcopal Church and was a member for over 70 years, briefly serving as Director of Christian Education. Mentored by Mary McLeod Bethune, Ms. Height was a full-time national staff member of the YWCA, overseeing its desegregation in 1944 and its civil rights involvement in the 1960s and 1970s. She was also National President of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority (1946-1957) and President of the National Council of Negro Women (1957-1997).
See her New York Times obituary here and a remembrance from the UMC General Board of Church and Society here…