Katie Dorsett, Barrier-Breaking Greensboro Politician, Has Died

Katie Dorsett, Barrier-Breaking Greensboro Politician, Has Died

5:51pm Jul 07, 2020
In this 2006 file photo, N.C. Sen. Katie Dorsett, left, speaks with Olympic Gold Medalist speedskater Joey Cheek and N.C. Rep. Pricey Harrison at the Legislative Building in Raleigh. (AP Photo/Karen Tam)

Katie Dorsett was the first Black woman elected to the Greensboro City Council. She won two terms in the mid-1980s, then moved on to the Guilford County Commission, where she served until 1993.

After working for a time in Gov. Jim Hunt’s administration, Dorsett got back on the campaign trail, winning a state senate seat and becoming a Democratic majority whip. She decided not to seek re-election in 2010, opening the door for Gladys Robinson, who still holds the office.

Politics was a mid-life move for Dorsett. Long before she joined the city council, Dorsett had built a career in education.

A native of the Mississippi Delta, Dorsett came to Greensboro in 1955 to work at North Carolina A&T University in the School of Business and Economics. It was there that she met her husband, Warren. She later earned a doctorate in education from UNCG.

Dorsett had two children. She founded a local sickle-cell anemia foundation after her son, Warren Jr., died of the disease. 

Dorsett was 87 years old. 



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