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Dorothy Height Drops Wisdom

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“If the time is not ripe, we have to ripen the time.”

-Dorothy Height

This quote powerfully speaks to the life and legacy of Dorothy Height.

Dorothy Height (1921-2010) was a commanding leader of the civil rights movement. She was a strong advocate for women’s right; particularly African American women. She is perhaps best known for her leadership of The National Council of Negro Women. She led this organization for 40 years. Height is also known for her work with “Wednesdays In Mississippi” which created opportunities for black and white women from the north and south to increase dialog and collaboration. Height also was employed by the the YWCA and was instrumental in helping the organization’s integration efforts.

Born in Richmond, VA, Height was raised in Rankin, PA. She received a $1,000 scholarship from The Elks, an African American social and benevolent organization, which helped her pursue a college education in the field of social work. Height was also a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, and served as its national president from 1947-1956.

Height never married and had no children. She died at the age of 98.

Sources:

http://www.encyclopedia.com/people/social-sciences-and-law/social-reformers/dorothy-i-height

http://www.blackpast.org/aah/height-dorothy-irene-1912

https://www.google.com/amp/www.latimes.com/local/la-me-dorothy-height-20100420-story,amp.html

Diane Abbott: 1st Black Woman Elected To British Parliament

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In 1987 Diane Abbott (1953 – ) became the first Black woman elected to British Parliament in the United Kingdom. Abbott is the daughter of Jamaican immigrants. Paul Boateng and Bernie Grant were also elected to Parliament with Abbott, making them the first black men to be elected to British Parliament.

Abbott was first elected to Westminster City Council in 1982. Her first parliament election bid in 1985 was unsuccessful. In the British Parliament, Abbott is known as a fiery politician who is especially outspoken on the subject of race and racism. She is a member of the left leaning Labor Political Party.

Abbott is known for her community involvement. In the 90’s she founded the organization, “Black Women Mean Business.” to support and empower black business women.  Abbott also also worked to expand educational opportunities for black children in London. Additionally, Abbott has been active in the “Scrap Sus” campaign to end police profiling of black youth during stop and search patrols.

Abbott was previously married to David Thompson from 1991-1993. They have one son, James Abbott Thompson.

Sources:

http://www.blackpast.org/gah/abbott-diane-1953

http://www.dianeabbott.org.uk/about.aspx

Rosalind Brewer Named Chief Operating Officer and Group President at Starbucks

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Rosalind Brewer

Rosalind Brewer, former CEO of Sam’s Club (a division of Walmart) has been named COO and group president of Starbucks. During her time at Sam’s Club, she maintained a focus on health and wellness; nearly doubling Sam’s Club’s offerings of organic items. Brewer is recognized as one of the most prominent business leaders in the U.S. She her role of CEO at Sam’s Club earlier this year. Brewer is also a member of Starbuck’s Board of Directors. In her role as COO, she will report to Starbucks CEO, Kevin Johnson.

Brewer was the first African American to hold a CEO role at Walmart. A native of Detroit, MI, she is a graduate of Cass Technical High School. She earned her bachelors degree in chemistry from Spellman College in Atlanta, GA and her masters degree from the Directors College at The University of Chicago Booth School of Business/Stanford Law School. Brewer is also a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha, Sorority, Inc.

She began her corporate careering working as a chemist for Kimberly Clark. She will start her new role at Starbucks in October. In 2016, Brewer was recognized as one of the world’s most powerful women in 2016, ranking No. 19 by Fortune and 57 by Forbes.

Sources:

https://www.bizjournals.com/atlanta/news/2017/09/06/starbucks-names-atlantas-rosalind-brewer-as-group.html

http://fortune.com/2017/09/06/starbucks-rosalind-brewer/

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