As the only woman leader among the United Civil Rights Leadership (which included Martin Luther King, Jr., Roy Wilkins, Whitney Young, A. Phillip Randolph, John Lewis and James Farmer), Dr. Height played a critical role in helping her colleagues put aside their factional differences and forge a united front. Dr. Height headed her beloved National Council of Negro Women for five decades, but began her association with the organization as a volunteer under her mentor Mary McLeod Bethune in 1937.
With NCNW, Dr. Height devoted her energies to advancing quality of life issues for African American women and their families, impacting health, education and economic empowerment. Many African American women who have achieved high positions of leadership are quick to acknowledge a profound debt to her efforts.