Each Year, the YWCA of Palm Beach County recognizes an individual, group of individuals, business, or program that seeks to level racial injustice in Palm Beach County. The award, named for the iconic racial justice revolutionary Dorothy Height, is specifically for an honoree who embodies our mission with the same passion and zeal as Ms. Height. Height is openly acknowledged as the first person and woman who was a leader during the civil rights movement to recognize inequality for women and African-Americans concurrently, as the two concerns had been viewed separately prior to Height’s revitalization. Height, known for her ability to bring communities together and ideological breakthroughs, had up to four million followers. Height is often referred to as being an extremely prominent figure, as she was of great significance in the women's rights movements simultaneously to the civil rights movements. For the majority of her time as an equal rights advocate, Height specifically focused on the issues of African-American women, including unemployment, illiteracy, and voter awareness.
The Dorothy Height Award is presented during our annual Stand Against Racism Luncheon. If you'd like to nominate someone or an organization for this prestigious award, please download instructions and application here.