Google Honors Dorothy Irene Height On 102nd Birthday

Mar 24, 2014 • 7:58 am | comments (38) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Logos

On in the US today, Google has a logo honoring the life and contributions of Dorothy Irene Height. She would be 102 today, born onMarch 24, 1912 in Richmond, Virginia and passing away only about four years ago on April 20, 2010 at the age of 98 in Washington, D.C.

Here is the Doodle, the special Google logo, to honor her:

Dorothy Irene Height Google Logo

Dorothy was a civil rights and women's rights activist specifically fighting for African-American women, for the most part. She was president for forty-years of the National Council of Negro Women, and was awarded both the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1994, and the Congressional Gold Medal in 2004. You can learn more about her life at Wikipedia.

The logo portrays Dorothy Height's friendly, confident and beautiful nature.

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mike albert

03/24/2014 12:40 pm

I believe her age would be 98

Barry Schwartz

03/24/2014 12:43 pm

She died at 98

Kimber lee

03/24/2014 12:49 pm

Awesome lady!


03/24/2014 12:56 pm

"Dorothy was a civil rights and women's rights activist specifically fighting for African-American women, on the most part." *ON* the most part? Wow--guess there aren't any editors on this site...

Teresa James

03/24/2014 01:05 pm


Marco Worsham

03/24/2014 01:05 pm

It's awesome that the younger generation can continue to learn about the people who fought so they can thrive. Thanks Google.


03/24/2014 01:08 pm

Google you rock... even outside of Black History Month, you pay homage. Good for you!

Rhodesia P

03/24/2014 01:15 pm

That's so true. I think that's very public spirited of them.


03/24/2014 01:17 pm

Awesome Google! Well done tribute!


03/24/2014 01:22 pm


Be Inspired

03/24/2014 01:22 pm

This is the reason why Google is my homepage and only search engine. Such diversity, history and art of its Doodles are impressive to say the least. While other such engines bog you down with unwanted, irrelevant and sometime faction newstainment, Google educates, enlightens and amaze its consumers. Thanks again, Be inspired


03/24/2014 01:25 pm

I think the tribute is great but celebrating her 102nd birthday? She passed away at the age of 98 we should be celebrating her life.


03/24/2014 02:07 pm

Amazing and very inspiring for Google to pay this tribute.


03/24/2014 02:16 pm

I agree with Guest 76, she did amazing things, but we don't celebrate birthdays after someone has passed away. We can celebrate the accomplishments of their life. Have a tribute, but not a Birthday it imply she is still alive.


03/24/2014 02:20 pm

Sorry, implies


03/24/2014 02:22 pm

Google. Thank you for bringing Ms. Heights' wonderful accomplishments to my anttention and the attention of others. This is why Google is my homepage.


03/24/2014 02:28 pm

Wonderful gesture Google. Thank you


03/24/2014 02:31 pm

A beautiful life ...well done Ms. Height. A beautiful portrait ...well done. A beautiful tribute...well done Google. Thank you all for making us more humane.


03/24/2014 02:40 pm

What a treat to see this Doodle on Google! I love it and can't t wait to talk to my kids about this lovely lady's historical significance.


03/24/2014 02:52 pm

One will always have a day of birth and subsequently a day of death. It is ok to acknowledge one's birthday posthumously because the date still exists although the person ceases to do so in the natural.


03/24/2014 02:54 pm

Isn't celebrating her birthday a good way of drawing attention to her life and her many accomplishments? What other way do you suggest?


03/24/2014 02:56 pm

I have been privileged to have known about civil rights giants like Ms. Height throughout my life. That may partially explain why people of color, like myself, sometimes seem to disagree with the majority on certain types of polls. My history has been separate and unequal, but with people like Ms. Height standing strong with us, I was always encouraged that we would see brighter days. Yes, my life has been enriched by knowing of so many who refused to allow injustices to go unchallenged. If all people, the world over, knew of individuals like Ms. Height and their contributions to humanity, through their strength, we would all be made better.

Lenzie O. Winstead

03/24/2014 03:46 pm

She was a great lady.!!!


03/24/2014 05:27 pm

Google is absolutely idiotic, biased and has no sense of history in choosing who they choose to honor and who they ignore. Never have they honored Al Jolson, the greatest entertainer of all time, even on landmark anniversaries and here we have special note taken of someone at the hardly special mark of 102. Hey google, it's your site, but people notice your moronic standards, especially if they are over 25.

Jackie Simms

03/24/2014 06:08 pm

Great job, Google!


03/24/2014 06:25 pm

I guess if you are into that Minstrelsy, face painted and all whatever... Gonna jump out and say that most of us seem to prefer the accomplishments of someone positive and a grand role model!


03/24/2014 06:31 pm

Well of course your superficial knowledge of Jolson shows. He talent was immense, his accomplishments amazing, and just for you his triumph over prejudice was impressive. Google has a world view and never strays from it. They highlight those on the left and members of select minority groups. Very sad.

Wayne Gibson

03/24/2014 06:38 pm

Using Al Jolson as bait much?...or is it so obvious it doesn't need to be said?


03/24/2014 07:31 pm

Beautiful, beautiful, Beautiful job Google!!! This is wonderful, I've always enjoyed Google's Doodles, but this one is a really special one ;-0) Lady Kathi


03/24/2014 07:44 pm

Google, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU for honoring Dorothy Height. You have reminded me and educated my kids of her value to our culture and the US. You are my home page 4 life : )


03/24/2014 07:52 pm

Who the hell is this she-boon?

Kirk Jordan

03/24/2014 08:19 pm

It would appear that Google believes in the eternal nature of the soul.


03/24/2014 09:20 pm

she went to the Lord at the age of 98 so she is 98 not 102...its ignorant to say 102, instead lets say we are celebrating her life using her birthdate as a reminder of Gods gift to this world!


03/24/2014 09:44 pm

Keep up the good work Google and let the IGNORANT stay IGNORANT

John Crane

03/24/2014 10:04 pm

One of the founders of AA Women for Reproductive Freedom (i.e. promoting abortion of blacks at all stages, incl. late-term). Considering how many blacks have been aborted in the last 40 years, the case could be made that she should have a Doodle on the KKK home page. Funny too that Google has never had any president honored on Presidents Day.

Guest X

03/24/2014 10:33 pm

The majority of the world celebrates Jesus' birthday....

James R. Halloran

03/24/2014 11:26 pm

That's who she is! Thanks for sharing this. I kept wondering all day who this woman was. Now, I know. Thank you!


03/25/2014 12:22 am

I worked in civil rights (among other things) for a little over 25 years in D.C. Dr. Height was always there, and it didn't particularly matter to her whose rights needed standing up for. I was mostly working on Asian American and gay rights issues, and meetings could get a little fractious from time to time -- but never when she was in the room. She had a way of smoothing the path for good things to happen, and one of the reasons that worked is that she never particularly cared whether she got credit for all the things she did. And I have to admit, stereotypical though it sounds, one part of her charm (especially for us gay guys) were all of her FABULOUS hats. LOL!

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