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Katie Dorsett, first Black woman on Council of State, dies age 87
Was NC Secretary of Administration 1983-86
Published Saturday, July 11, 2020 7:20 am
by The Associated Press

Katie Dorsett, the first Black woman to serve on the North Carolina Council of state, died Tuesday at age 87. She also represented Greensboro as a member of city council, Guilford County commissioners and the state Senate.

GREENSBORO — Katie Dorsett, the first Black woman to serve on North Carolina’s cabinet as well as on the Greensboro City Council, has died. She was 87.
The city issued a statement saying Dorsett died on Tuesday, two days short of her birthday. No cause of death was listed.

Dorsett served two terms on the city council from 1983-86. After serving on the council, Dorsett served as a Guilford County Commissioner from 1990-92, when she was appointed Secretary of Administration by Gov. Jim Hunt, the first Black woman to hold a state Cabinet post. She also represented the 28th Senate District from 2003-10.

"The NC Department of Administration family and I are greatly saddened to learn of former DOA Secretary Katie Dorsett’s passing,” Secretary of Administration Machelle Sanders said in a statement. “She was a trailblazer of many firsts who loved and served the people of North Carolina. Secretary Dorsett led the way as the first African American woman appointed to a Cabinet post in North Carolina, and I am honored to have later followed in her footsteps. While she will be missed by many, her legacy and good works live on.”

Gov. Roy Cooper ordered all North Carolina flags at state facilities to be lowered to half-staff from July 8 until sunset on July 10 in honor of Dorsett.

Dorsett was inducted into the NC Women's Hall of Fame in 2010, honored for her many achievements and accomplishments as a leading pioneer for the state of North Carolina.


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