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WHEREAS, Dr. Dorothy I. Height, a native of Richmond, Virginia, lived, was educated, and worked during some of the most turbulent years of race and gender relations in United States history; and
WHEREAS, Dr. Height was awarded a master’s degree in educational psychology in 1933 and, by the time of her death, had accumulated 36 honorary doctorate degrees; and
WHEREAS, Dr. Height achieved positions of leadership – beginning in the 1930s – in influential organizations including Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, the United Christian Youth Movement, the Young Women’s Christian Association, and the National Council of Negro Women; and
WHEREAS, Dr. Height, as an advisor to the United States Secretary of State and the United Nations promoted desegregation, economic development, health education and voter registration as means to advance the civil rights of black women at home and abroad; and
WHEREAS, Dr. Height used her vision and energy to combat drug addiction, gang activity, and disease to break cycles of dependency and despair that prevent many from achieving their full promise; and
WHEREAS, through her numerous writings and publications, Dr. Height never relented in her quest to achieve social equality, opportunity, freedom, and justice for all;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize March 24, 2019, as DR. DOROTHY I. HEIGHT DAY in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.