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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (76 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dorothy Height Narrator: Lizan Mitchell Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2015 ISBN: 9781461810797
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Recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom and president emerita of the National Council of Negro Women, Dorothy Height is a heroine of the Civil Rights movement. At age ninety-one she takes listeners back through seventy explosive years in search of equality as a black woman. Dr. Height recalls her childhood battles with racism, college in New York during the Harlem Renaissance, her encounters with powerful leaders, and her work among the rural black communities fighting teen pregnancy and instilling black family values. This is a true insider’s account of the twentieth century’s most noble cause.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[Open Wide the Freedom Gates] gives a poignant short course in a century of African-American history.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Rich with historic details, [Open Wide the Freedom Gates] is a humble account of a magnificent life’s work.”

    Essence

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ava | 2/5/2013

    " This book was a simplistic account of a remarkable woman. I learned so much about actual events during the civil rights movement. It was really inspiring. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rhoda | 4/15/2012

    " One of the many women that I admire. This book outlines all of her achievements and the contributions to society. What a role model. Another one of my autographed books. She was phenominal. I'm glad I met her and Barak Obama when i did. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kishanna Laurie | 4/12/2012

    " I actually have a signed copy, how wonderful is that. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Veronica | 12/15/2011

    " Such an informative and exciting book written by Dr. Height. This book puts the reader in touch with with American civil rights and human rights history. She knows, she was there, from her relationship with First Lady, Eleanor Roosevelt to President Barack Obama. I've read it more than once. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristy Lee | 8/12/2011

    " An interesting book about Miss Height's civil rights work. Many do not even know who she is, and how powerful she was. I was a bit disappointed that she did not include more about her personal life (family, friends, what she liked ect). It read more like a timeline of all the great things she did. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda Robinson | 7/10/2011

    " Thoughtful, measured, profound. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fran Landers | 1/3/2011

    " The civil rights movement from the inside; the important role of black women. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judy | 11/14/2010

    " An incredible life, though just a so-so book. Still VERY worth a read!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristy Lee | 8/1/2010

    " An interesting book about Miss Height's civil rights work. Many do not even know who she is, and how powerful she was. I was a bit disappointed that she did not include more about her personal life (family, friends, what she liked ect). It read more like a timeline of all the great things she did. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fran | 10/26/2008

    " The civil rights movement from the inside; the important role of black women. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ava | 4/24/2007

    " This book was a simplistic account of a remarkable woman. I learned so much about actual events during the civil rights movement. It was really inspiring. "

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About the Author

Dr. Dorothy Height (1912-2010) has more than twenty honorary degrees. In addition to the Presidential Medal of Freedom, she has received the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Freedom Medal and the Citizens Medal Award, which President Ronald Reagan awarded her in 1989. She also served as chair and president emerita of the National Council of Negro Women.

About the Narrator

Lizan Mitchell has won the prestigious Audie Award for best narration as well as eight Earphones Awards. She appears frequently on episodic television and more recently in the feature film The Human Stain.