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Godmother of the Civil Rights Movement, Dorothy I. Height
  • Patricia A. Montgomery
    born 1952
    born: Biloxi, Mississippi, United States ; active: United States
  • Godmother of the Civil Rights Movement, Dorothy I. Height, circa 2015
  • Tribute to Civil Rights Movement Heroines
  • Where object was made: United States
  • cotton and wool fabrics, textile thread painting, digital images, oil pastel drawing, beads, buttons
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: large coat, will be hung on wall
  • Patricia A. Montgomery, Artist
  • Not on display
  • EL2017.024
  • Loan: Not in the Spencer's collection
Label Text

Exhibition Label:
"Narratives of the Soul", 08-Jul-2017
Dorothy I. Height was a civil rights and women’s rights activist who served as president of the National Council of Negro Women for 40 years. She received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1994, and the Congressional Gold Medal in 2004. In a statement released after Height’s death in 2010, President Obama said that Height was “the godmother of the Civil Rights Movement and a hero to so many Americans.”