Dorothy Height Social Justice Club

Dorothy Height was a leader in addressing the rights of both women and African Americans as the president of the National Council of Negro Women. One of Height's major accomplishments was at the YWCA USA where she directed the integration of all of its centers in 1946 and established its Center for Racial Justice in 1965. Join our interactive, insightful social justice club with a focus on diverse, thought-provoking writers and subjects.

The Dorothy Height Social Justice Club monthly meet-up!

Join us May 25th, at 7 pm!

This month’s club is in partnership with “What the Health?” Book Club!

 “Infectious Madness: The Surprising Science of How We ‘Catch’ Mental Illness” by Harriet A. Washington

“A groundbreaking look at the connection between germs and mental illness, and how we can protect ourselves. Is it possible to catch autism or OCD the same way we catch the flu? Can a child’s contact with cat litter lead to schizophrenia? In her eye-opening new book, National Book Critics Circle Award-winning author Harriet Washington reveals that we can in fact “catch” mental illness. In Infectious Madness , Washington presents the new germ theory, which posits not only that many instances of Alzheimer’s, OCD, and schizophrenia are caused by viruses, prions, and bacteria, but also that with antibiotics, vaccinations, and other strategies, these cases can be easily prevented or treated. Packed with cutting-edge research and tantalizing mysteries, Infectious Madness is rich in science, characters, and practical advice on how to protect yourself and your children from exposure to infectious threats that could sabotage your mental and physical health.”

Join us May 25th at our Zoom book discussion at

Lancaster Public Library is a proud co-host of the Dorothy Height Social Justice Club

Missed previous Dorothy Height Social Justice Club Discussions? All the previous books and topics can be found below.

Contact Information:

Jasmyne King (she/her)
Director, Center for Racial and Gender Equity