[108th Congress Public Law 162]
[From the U.S. Government Printing Office]

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Public Law 108-162
108th Congress

                                 An Act

To award a congressional gold medal to Dr. Dorothy Height in recognition 
 of her many contributions to the Nation. <<NOTE: Dec. 6, 2003 -  [H.R. 

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the 
United States of America in Congress assembled, <<NOTE: 31 USC 5111 


    The Congress makes the following findings:
            (1) Dr. Dorothy Irene Height was born March 24, 1912, to 
        James Edward Height and Fannie (Borroughs) Height in Richmond, 
        Virginia, and raised in Rankin, Pennsylvania.
            (2) Dr. Height is recognized as one of the preeminent social 
        and civil rights activists of her time, particularly in the 
        struggle for equality, social justice, and human rights for all 
            (3) Beginning as a civil rights advocate in the 1930s, she 
        soon gained prominence through her tireless efforts to promote 
        interracial schooling, to register and educate voters, and to 
        increase the visibility and status of women in our society.
            (4) She has labored to provide hope for inner-city children 
        and their families, and she can claim responsibility for many of 
        the advances made by women and African-Americans over the course 
        of this century.
            (5) Her public career spans over 65 years.
            (6) Dr. Height was a valued consultant on human and civil 
        rights issues to First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt and she encouraged 
        President Eisenhower to desegregate the Nation's schools and 
        President Johnson to appoint African-American women to sub-
        Cabinet posts.
            (7) Dr. Height has been President of the National Council of 
        Negro Women (NCNW) since 1957, a position to which she was 
        appointed upon the retirement of Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, one of 
        the most influential African-American women in United States 
            (8) The National Council of Negro Women is currently the 
        umbrella organization for 250 local groups and 38 national 
        groups engaged in economic development and women's issues.
            (9) Under Dr. Height's leadership, the National Council of 
        Negro Women implemented a number of new and innovative programs 
        and initiatives, including the following:
                    (A) Operation Woman Power, a project to expand 
                business ownership by women and to provide funds for 
                vocational training.
                    (B) Leadership training for African-American women 
                in the rural South.

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                    (C) The Black Family Reunion, a nationwide annual 
                gathering to encourage, renew and celebrate the concept 
                of not only the Black family but all families.
                    (D) The Women's Center for Education and Career 
                Advancement to empower minority women in nontraditional 
                    (E) The Bethune Museum and Archives, a museum 
                devoted to African-American women's history.
            (10) Dr. Height has been at the forefront of AIDS education, 
        both nationally and internationally; under her direction, the 
        National Council of Negro Women established offices in West 
        Africa and South Africa and worked to improve the conditions of 
        women in the developing world.
            (11) Dr. Height has been central in the success of 2 other 
        influential women's organizations, as follows:
                    (A) As president and executive board member of Delta 
                Sigma Theta, Dr. Height left the sorority more efficient 
                and globally focused with a centralized headquarters.
                    (B) Her work with the Young Women's Christian 
                Association (YWCA) led to its integration and more 
                active participation in the civil rights movement.
            (12) As a member of the ``Big Six'' civil rights leaders 
        with Whitney Young, A. Phillip Randolph, Martin Luther King, 
        Jr., James Farmer, and Roy Wilkins, Dr. Height was the only 
        female at the table when the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 
        and others made plans for the civil rights movement.
            (13) Dr. Height is the recipient of many awards and 
        accolades for her efforts on behalf of women's rights, including 
        the following:
                    (A) The Spingarn Award, the NAACP's highest honor 
                for civil rights contributions.
                    (B) The Presidential Medal of Freedom awarded by 
                President Clinton.
                    (C) The John F. Kennedy Memorial Award from the 
                National Council of Jewish Women.
                    (D) The Ministerial Interfaith Association Award for 
                her contributions to interfaith, interracial, and 
                ecumenical movements for over 30 years.
                    (E) The Lovejoy Award, the highest recognition by 
                the Grand Lodge of the Benevolent and Protective Order 
                of Elks of the World for outstanding contributions to 
                human relations.
                    (F) The Ladies Home Journal Woman of the Year Award 
                in recognition for her work for human rights.
                    (G) The William L. Dawson Award presented by the 
                Congressional Black Caucus for decades of public service 
                to people of color and particularly women.
                    (H) The Citizens Medal Award for distinguished 
                service presented by President Reagan.
                    (I) The Franklin Delano Roosevelt Freedom Medal 
                awarded by the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute.
            (14) Dr. Dorothy Height has established a lasting legacy of 
        public service that has been an invaluable contribution to the 
        progress of this Nation.

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    (a) Presentation Authorized.--The Speaker of the House of 
Representatives and the President Pro Tempore of the Senate shall make 
appropriate arrangements for the presentation, on behalf of the 
Congress, to Dr. Dorothy Irene Height a gold medal of appropriate design 
in recognition of her many contributions to the Nation.
    (b) Design and Striking.--For the purpose of the presentation 
referred to in subsection (a), the Secretary of the Treasury (hereafter 
in this Act referred to as the ``Secretary'') shall strike a gold medal 
with suitable emblems, devices, and inscriptions, to be determined by 
the Secretary.


    Under such regulations as the Secretary may prescribe, the Secretary 
may strike and sell duplicates in bronze of the gold medals struck under 
section 2 at a price sufficient to cover the costs of the medals, 
including labor, materials, dies, use of machinery, and overhead 


    The medals struck under this Act are national medals for purposes of 
chapter 51 of title 31, United States Code.


    (a) Authorization of Appropriations.--There is hereby authorized to 
be charged against the United States Mint Public Enterprise Fund an 
amount not to exceed $30,000 to pay for the cost of the medal authorized 
under section 2.
    (b) Proceeds of Sale.--Amounts received from the sale of duplicate 
bronze medals under section 3 shall be deposited in the United States 
Mint Public Enterprise Fund.

    Approved December 6, 2003.


            Oct. 15, considered and passed House.
            Nov. 21, considered and passed Senate.