Ms. Hattie B Dorsey, legendary housing advocate, dies in Atlanta

The Urban League of Greater Atlanta mourns the death of Hattie B. Dorsey, an advocate for affordable housing and champion for underserved communities in the Atlanta region. Born on May 31, 1939, Ms. Dorsey died on May 29, 2024, leaving a family and region to cherish her memory and continue to make her life’s work a priority.

“As an agency working to increase affordable housing and homeownership, the League held Ms. Dorsey in high regard,” said Nancy Flake Johnson, president and CEO of the Urban League of Greater Atlanta.

“We are grateful for her groundbreaking work to promote equity and justice in the housing sector for so many years, and we pledge to honor her legacy through our continued public-private partnerships to increase affordability and ownership.”

A lifelong activist for civil rights, Ms. Dorsey held positions in government and nonprofit organizations, including the National Urban League and the NAACP, before serving as founding president of the Atlanta Neighborhood Development Partnership, Inc.

Ms. Dorsey did not seek the limelight, but her influence was boundless, and she received numerous awards and recognition for her work. Public officials, including Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens, and a host of national and local community advocates praised Ms. Dorsey as a pioneer and visionary leader in promoting affordable and mixed-income housing in Atlanta and beyond.

Mayor Dickens stated on the city’s official website, “Her vision and dedication helped transform countless lives and neighborhoods, fostering a more inclusive Atlanta.”

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, June 8, at 11 a.m. at Lindsey Street Baptist Church. May her family find comfort in the knowledge that their beloved set the course for positive change in where and how people live for generations to come.

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