The Board of Directors of the National Nursing Network Organization joins many who mourn the passing of Dr. Dorothy Height, an African-American administrator, an educator, and a civil rights activist. The two main causes that she crusaded for almost her entire life were equal rights for all and social justice. Height joined Dr. Martin Luther King on the podium when King delivered his most memorable speech, "I Have A Dream" in Washington DC. Many know Height as the founding matriarch of the civil rights movement. Dorothy Height was also the daughter of a nurse; her mother often encouraged her to stand up for her beliefs.
During a 2003 interview Height said, "I'm always an optimist because I have an abiding faith. And I believe that somehow or other the right will prevail and we have to keep working, I think justice is not an impossibility. I think we can achieve it ...But every battle seems to have to be hard fought and hard and we have to work at it. And that's why I think that we worked with the faith that we can bring about change."
Height's continued passion, dedication, and tireless work opened up many doors for civil and women's rights. She inspired countless women to become effective leaders and remained a close mentor and confidante to those working to make our country a better and more just place to live.
Her words ring true for those working to see the passage of HR 4601 The National Nurse Act of 2010
"You have the power to benefit your community for the next 10 years. You have the right to be counted," ... "It is your civic duty. Don't let anybody or anything stop you."
Dr. Dorothy Height
The National Nursing Network Organization Team—Wednesday, April 21, 2010