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Civil & Women’s Rights Hero Dorothy Height Dies

April 21, 2010
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Article by Maria Garcia
Women’s rights and civil rights pioneer Dorothy Height, who was a central figure in gaining parity in voting rights, employment opportunities, and later, AIDS programs, died Tuesday. She was 98.

Height, marched, demonstrated, and strategized for equality with the men who were very well known for their contributions to the Civil Rights movement: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., James Farmer, John Lewis, A. Philip Randolph, Roy Wilkins, and Whitney Young. The New York Times says that among this “Big Six,” as they were known, she was “an unheralded seventh.”

According to reporter Karen Ocamb, Height also supported LGBT rights. In 1996 she lobbied Congress with then-Human Rights Campaign head Elizabeth Birch to get the first vote on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. Just three decades earlier, Height was present at President John F. Kennedy’s signing of the Equal Pay Act, a landmark employment policy for women.

The  National Gay and Lesbian Task Force’s executive director, Rea Carey, and deputy executive director, Darlene Nipper, relayed their sadness in a press release on Tuesday.

“A huge part of Dorothy Height’s legacy will be the grace with which she directed her power for the good of all people,” Nipper said. “As an African-American woman in the struggle for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights, I am so honored to have met her, witnessed her leadership and benefited from her extraordinary sacrifices.”

Said Sharon J. Lettman, executive director and CEO of the National Black Justice Coalition: “She took that quantum leap into eternity and we will be grateful to her forever. Instead of enumerating the 20 honorary degrees she received, including those from Princeton and Harvard, and her outstanding list of accomplishments that encompass and champion the history of progress in the 20th century until her final moment, we will pause to acknowledge the legend who wanted to be remembered as someone who used herself and anything she could touch to work for justice and freedom.”

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Queer Black Cinema presents the BLACK season- shifting the focus to women of color on the L word!

January 11, 2009
the BLACK season - shifting the focus to women of color on the L word!

the BLACK season - shifting the focus to women of color on the L word!

Once again, Queer Black Cinema is presenting you with great programming. Here is a great opportunity to learn everything about the women of color on the L word. Check out this FREE event starting THIS Sunday, January 18th at Billie’s Black Restaurant in Harlem. See details below. Don’t forget to RSVP at Fades of Black Womyn Facebook group

Queer Black Cinema in associated with Billie’s Black presents
the BLACK season
Shifting the focus to women of color on the L word

EVERY SUNDAY starting January 18th from 7 PM – 10 PM, join QBC for drink specials, delicious gourmet food and fun as we watch the final season of the L word.

7 PM Pre-show – Mixin’ & mingling
7:30 PM – tBs trivia games around the women of color on the L word (including video interviews)
How well do you know the women in front and behind the lens?
8 PM – Short film/scene starring one of the women of color L word cast member
9 PM – Watch the premiere of the L word last season!

THIS EVENT IS FREE! e-mail info[at] to get on the guest list

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This event is fundraiser for Fades of Black Womyn Film Showcase honoring Black Lesbian Filmmaker Campbell Ex . This year theme is CARNIVAL!
SAVE THE DATE: Thursday, March 26, 2009 (7 PM -10 PM) at the Brecht Forum