Civil rights leader Dorothy Height
to speak Oct. 10
Forty years ago, Richmond native Dorothy I. Height and some
friends started a group called Wednesdays in Mississippi,
a group with a difference an interracial, interfaith group
of women that came together to break down 1960s-era racial barriers.
major figure in the U.S. civil rights movement, Height, now 91,
will speak at the University Oct. 10 at 4 p.m. in Alderman Librarys
McGregor Room. Her talk is being held in connection with a gift,
to the U.Va. Library, of historic documents linked to the Wednesdays
in Mississippi group.
free event, which includes a reception after the talk, is co-sponsored
by the University Library, the U.Va. Office
of African-American Affairs, the Carter
G. Woodson Institute for Afro-American and African Studies
and the Universitys Minority Rights Coalition. Height also
will sign copies of her recently published book, Open Wide
the Freedom Gates: A Memoir.
materials from the Wednesdays in Mississippi Project of 1963-65
are being donated by Holly Cowan Shulman, research associate professor
at U.Va. and daughter of Pauline Spiegel Cowan, who co-founded
the group with Height. At the time, Height was president of the
National Council of Negro Women and Cowan was a board member of
the council and a member of the New York Citizens Committee for