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Posted at 9:36 AM ET, 04/27/2010

President to deliver eulogy for Height

By Washington Post editors


President Barack Obama is expected to deliver the eulogy Thursday at the funeral for civil rights leader Dorothy Height, according to the Root.

Height died April 20 at the age of 98.

The funeral service will be held 10 a.m. at Washington National Cathedral and will be streamed live at the cathedral's web site www.nationalcathedral.org

A limited number of tickets will be available to the public on a first-come, first-served basis Thursday morning before the service. Those wishing to attend should arrive by 7 a.m. and line up along Wisconsin Avenue at the intersection of Lych Gate Road, south of the entrance.

No more than 700 general public tickets will be granted.

Seating for the service begins at 8 a.m. Invited guests with tickets will have to go through security screening at the intersection of Wisconsin Avenue and Hearst Circle. No parking will be available; guests will need to be dropped off in the vicinity.


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By Washington Post editors  | April 27, 2010; 9:36 AM ET
Categories:  DC, Maryland, Virginia  | Tags:  Barack Obama, Civil and political rights, Dorothy Height, Washington National Cathedral  
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Comments

Delivering a eulogy for people he didn't know seems to e an obama thing if it gets him more television time.

First it was Ed Kennedy, now this 98 year old woman, and tomorrow it could be YOU!

obama is working on testing the theory there is no "bad" publicity...

Posted by: cibor | April 27, 2010 10:41 AM | Report abuse

Delivering a eulogy for people he didn't know seems to be an obama thing if it gets him more television time.

First it was Ed Kennedy, now this 98 year old woman he never met, and tomorrow it could be YOU!

obama is working on testing the theory there is no "bad" publicity...

Posted by: cibor | April 27, 2010 10:42 AM | Report abuse

Cibor - You ar absolutely wrong, of course he knew her. It is expected of him, he is not grand standing. She is deserving of the honor. I cannot tell you of the many hours that normal folks like me have spent with her - to assume that is based on no facts. Grow up.

Posted by: stopplayingwithus | April 27, 2010 10:47 AM | Report abuse

Several years ago NCNW hosted a conversation between Ms. Height and then Sen. Obama. They talked about their families and respective histories, civil rights in Washington, and signed books. They did indeed know each other and its absolutely fitting that the President deliver her eulogy. Even if he didn't know her it would still be appropriate as a way to honor her contributions to the United States.

Posted by: Sixy20 | April 27, 2010 11:18 AM | Report abuse

Wow! Dorothy Height will be missed, her legacy lives on and young people need to reach back and try to fill some pretty big shoes. A giant in her own right! Rest in peace, until we all meet again.

Posted by: drfields | April 27, 2010 11:26 AM | Report abuse

cibor, you are an idiot. Dorothy Height was an invited guest at Pres Obama's inauguration and was among the group sitting on the stage. And of course he knew Ted Kennedy - it was Ted's endorsement at AU that probably made one of the biggest differences in winning over the super delegates. Learn a little something before you open your mouth and criticize when you know nothing.

Posted by: delawarewriter | April 27, 2010 11:50 AM | Report abuse

Cibor....how do you know if the President knows Dr. Height or not? Get some knowledge about things before you begin to make "political assumptions". Everything is not about politics, some of us do have actual feelings and respect in this world.

Posted by: brikki | April 27, 2010 12:11 PM | Report abuse

@ Cibor – Is total ignorance really Bliss??? SMH!!! May she rest in Peace. May her work continue !!

Posted by: letsgetreal | April 27, 2010 1:15 PM | Report abuse

I'm surprised Cibor didn't use the following words in his/her post: Marxist, Maoist, and/or Socialist.

Posted by: binaryboy | April 27, 2010 1:24 PM | Report abuse

To cibor you missed the news of their acquaintance and photos of their embraces at the inauguration and WH event last year. The photos have been in the news again since her death.

Posted by: HH-Higgins | April 27, 2010 2:15 PM | Report abuse

@Cibor....Whoever you are, you need to delete your post, because you're getting your face SMASHED!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Don't ever disrespect a civil rights leader.

Posted by: pink1 | April 27, 2010 3:53 PM | Report abuse

The young people who are writing things above, should be mindful that there were civil rights leaders who were threatened with their life if they pushed to help Mississipians vote in the 60s. 98 or 150 years old. She deserves a president like Obama to talk about all of her superior achievements, in spite of, the color of her skin. Dorothy Height is an icon, no one will ever duplicate her. She stayed true to her cause: honor, integrity, leadership and a caring heart. You can't say that for most of the leaders in today's world. Ms. Height stood shoulders above many of her peers. She created the Black Family Celebration that's been held every year for approximately 20 years. People of color come from around the country to spend time with their families and get familiar with DC with its historical background.

For some of you wondering who she is, purchase the book "Open Wide the Freedom Gates" and you will get a glimpse of her life. Her mentor with Mary McCleod Bethune, another giant in her day. There's a museum named after her, and she started a school in Florida and had a close friendship with Eleanor Roosevelt, the wife of Franklin Roosevelt. So, please don't belittle President Obama because he knows that Ms. Height will never be forgotten. Her achievements have been astounding! God Bless Dorothy Height and May she join her mentor, Mary McCleod Bethune in the Gates of Heaven. And, may the young people know her contributions to our country.

Posted by: periodot | April 27, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

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