Living with Purpose: An Activist’s Guide
to Listening, Learning and Leading

100th Birthday Edition
by  Dorothy I. Height

In the book LIVING WITH PURPOSE, Dorothy I. Height brings a century of her experiences and insights to address one of the most pressing questions we all must face—how we can fundamentally connect with our true purpose in life and act upon it.

How to Purchase Living with Purpose: An Activist’s Guide to Listening, Learning and Leading, 100th Birthday Edition by Dorothy I. Height.  ISBN:  978-0-9848166-3-7;   Ebook:  Available on Amazon.com for $9.99. Direct Sales:  Dorothy I. Height  Education Foundation – http://www.dorothyireneheight.org

About  Dorothy I. Height
Celebrated human rights leader Dorothy Irene Height dedicated her life to service and leadership.  Born March 24, 1912, she awakened early to the social injustice of segregation and became active with organizations as a teenager.   Beginning in the mid 1940s, Dr. Height served on the staff of the National Board of the YWCA spearheading their racial justice initiatives. She was also elected National President of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority (1947-1956).  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.


 



 Alexis Herman, Former Labor Secretary, Signs Copies of
Dr. Dorothy Height’s Final Book, Living With Purpose

(Secretary Herman wrote the book’s introduction)


 

Living With Purpose: An Activist’s Guide to Listening, Learning and Leading, the book Dr. Dorothy Irene Height completed in the weeks before passing last April at 98, was released last month during Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.’s 50th National Convention in New Orleans. The long-time civil rights activist was chair and president emerita of the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW) and served as the sorority’s tenth national president from 1947 to 1956.

“Dorothy dedicated her life’s work to inspiring people and giving them the tools to move forward and work together for the highest good,” stated former Secretary of Labor Alexis M. Herman, who wrote the book’s introduction. “Through Living With Purpose that work is continuing. It is her final gift not only to the millions whose lives she positively impacted, but also hopefully to millions more who will be inspired to follow in her footsteps.”

Secretary Herman will sign copies of the book Friday, September 21, 2012  at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Authors Pavilion, at the Walter E.Washington Convention Center,  Exhibit Hall E – BOOTH – 521.  Pavilion Signing Hours 3:00p.m. – 4:30p.m,  located at 801 Mount Vernon Place, NW, Washington, DC, 20001.   The first copy of the first edition of the booked signed by Secretary Herman was presented to President Obama and the presidents of 
The National Council of Negro Women  and Delta Sigma Theta received the second and third copies, respectively.  President Bill Clinton wrote the foreword to the book.

In Living With Purpose, Dr. Height draws from a century of her experiences and insights to address one of the most pressing questions all must face—how to fundamentally connect with true purpose in life and act upon it. In the book, she shares the first hand lessons she learned from teachers from all walks of life—including historic people like Eleanor Roosevelt, Marcus Garvey, Langston Hughes, Mary McLeod Bethune—and equally from those known only to a few, from a young boy in rural 1950s India to the mothers of the young girls killed in the Birmingham church bombing. Dr. Height helps readers understand what needs to be done on the inside to set the table and how to effectively work with others to move forward powerfully.

Proceeds from the book benefit The Dorothy I. Height Education Foundation and The National Council of Negro Women. For more information on Living With Purpose and to purchase a copy, visit www.ncnw.org.

 


 

Intimate Conversation with Alexis Herman

Featured Black Pearls Magazine Author - Dr. Dorothy Irene Height

Celebrated human rights leader Dorothy Irene Height dedicated her life to service and leadership.  Born March 24, 1912, she awakened early to the social injustice of segregation and became active with organizations as a teenager.   Beginning in the mid 1940s, Dr. Height served on the staff of the National Board of the YWCA spearheading their racial justice initiatives. She was also elected National President of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority (1947-1956).  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.

Alexis Margaret Herman was the 23rd U.S. Secretary of Labor, serving under President Bill Clinton. Prior to her appointment, she was Assistant to the President and Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement.  When Herman was named Secretary of Labor, she was the first African American to be nominated for that position and the fifth woman to be appointed.

Herman, a Delta Sigma Theta Sorority member, now serves as the co-chairperson  of the Democratic National Committee's Rules and Bylaws Committee.  She also serves on the boards of several major companies, includingThe Coca-Cola Company's Human Resources Task Force, Toyota's Diversity Advisory Board,  Metro Goldwyn Mayer, Entergy, and Prudential and is the chairman and CEO of New Ventures, Inc.  She is also the president of the Dorothy I. Height Education Foundation.

BPM: What should we expect to learn from reading “Living with Purpose?”                
Dr. Height shares with us the first hand lessons she has learned from teachers from all walks of life—from people in our history books like Eleanor Roosevelt, Marcus Garvey, Langston Hughes, Mary McLeod Bethune—and equally from those known only to a few, from a young boy in rural 1950s India to the mothers of the young girls killed in the Birmingham church bombing. Dr. Height helps us understand what we need to do on the inside to set the table and how to effectively work with others to move forward powerfully. LIVING WITH PURPOSE is a must read for all who believe in their power and potential to make a difference in the world.

BPM: What was Dr. Height’s role in the Civil Rights Movement?                                  
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.

BPM: I’ve read the first edition of  “Living with Purpose” by Dr. Height, what’s new in this 100th Birthday Edition?                    
There are additional interview and stories about the following historical figures:  Rosa Parks, Fanny Lou Hamer, Dr Benjamin E. Mays, A. Phillip Randolph and Martin Luther King, Jr.   Dr. Height recalls her first time meeting him as a 15 year old at Dr. May's house--and later in life.  New photos include a page from her last US passport, some personal and candid portraits, photo with Barack and Michelle Obama, and letters from Presidents George H. W.  Bush, Jimmy Carter, Gerald Ford, Barack Obama, Bill Clinton--and First Ladies Lady Bird Johnson, Nancy Reagan and Dwight D. Eisenhower's daughter Julie Eisenhower.

BPM: What is your favorite chapter or quote from the book?
One of my favorite quotes from Dr. Height in Living with Purpose is found in the chapter entitled Building Idealism into Action and Results: Many people today do not appreciate what the Civil Rights Movement truly meant.  It was not about attitudes.  It was about law.  It is very interesting to go down into Mississippi now as opposed to in the old days.  It is amazing how people act totally different because of the laws.  The students in the luncheon counter sit-ins were realists.  They used to say, “Let them keep their prejudice.  Just give me my coffee.”


About the Dorothy I. Height Education Foundation
The Dorothy I. Height Education Foundation is committed to serving as a springboard to disadvantaged minority students with a passion for learning. Their long-term vision is to seek successful partnerships with existing non-profit organizations, charitable organizations and educational institutions with similar goals to create and support innovative programs that will educate and empower women, youth and young adults within the United States and abroad. Efforts to raise funds to provide financial assistance in the form of scholarships, grants, stipends and emergency funds are ongoing and assiduous.

Additional objectives include implementing and/or supporting projects that help increase self-esteem in order to help students identify their highest potential for achieving academic and personal excellence. These areas might include; but, are not limited to personal counseling, nutrition, physical exercise, health related issues, environment, family history, mentoring, tutoring and community service.   For more information visit the Dorothy I. Height  Education Foundation – 
http://www.dorothyireneheight.org


 



 

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