First Black woman to serve on Greensboro City Council dies

Sen. Bill Purcell, D-Scotland, land Sen. Katie Dorsett, D-Guilford, chat at their desks in the old Senate chamber Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2005, prior to the start of a session held in the chamber of the Capitol Building in Raleigh, N.C. (AP Photo/Karen Tam)

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 Monday, two days short of her birthday. No cause of death was listed.

Dorsett served two terms on the city council from 1983 to 1986. After serving on the council, Dorsett served as a Guilford County Commissioner from 1990 until 1992, when she was appointed Secretary of Administration by North Carolina Gov. Jim Hunt, the first Black woman to hold a state Cabinet post.

Following her tenure in the Hunt cabinet, she served from 2003 through 2011 in the North Carolina Senate. 

Dorsett was inducted into the North Carolina Women’s Hall of Fame in 2010.

Funeral arrangements were incomplete on Tuesday.