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Google doodle honors civil rights activist Dorothy Height

Dorothy Heights was honored with a Google doodle
Dorothy Heights was honored with a Google doodle
Mike Dutton/courtesy of Google 2014

Google honored Dorothy Height known as “godmother” of the civil rights movement on its homepage Monday, March 24.

The doodle was created to honor the often unsung hero in commemoration of her 102nd birthday.

According to a recent analysis, research shows that Google has rarely identified or commemorated historical female figures through their doodles and even fewer African-American women. The latest black female trailblazer to be honored was writer Zora Neal Hurston earlier this year.

The doodles are quirky and fun illustrations that celebrate holidays, anniversaries and the lives of iconic historical figures on the Google homepage.

Dorothy Irene Height was born in Richmond, Virginia where this writer lives. She was born on March 24, 1912 and died April 20, 2010 at the age of 98.

Height was an American administrator, educator, and a civil rights and women's rights activist. She specifically focused on the issues of African-American women, including unemployment, illiteracy, and voter awareness. Height was the president of the National Council of Negro Women for forty years and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1994, and the Congressional Gold Medal in 2004.

Height’s advocacy against desegregation and contributions to advancing womens’ rights solidified her status as a trailblazer in many ways.