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Dorothy Height, a national treasure, goes home

Dorothy Height, the longtime head of the National Council for Negro Women and a front line soldier in the Civil Rights movement, passed away early this morning in Washington, D.C. of natural causes. She was 98.

Height worked for equality until the very end. Were it not for that monster blizzard in February, she would have been at that Oval Office meeting on jobs that President Obama hosted with NAACP President Ben Jealous, National Urban League President Marc Morial and the Rev. Al Sharpton.

In a statement of condolence today, Obama called Height the "godmother of the Civil Rights Movement." She was also a national treasure who will be greatly missed.

By Jonathan Capehart  | April 20, 2010; 11:08 AM ET
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She is an unsung hero for women and minorities. She did a great job but so many people unfortunately have no idea who she is and what she did for so many years.

Posted by: rlj1 | April 20, 2010 12:21 PM | Report abuse

The word "icon" is not adequate to describe Dr. Height.

R.I.P. ... your work on earth is done.

Posted by: gitouttahere | April 20, 2010 12:21 PM | Report abuse

Dr. Height will be missed by all who remember her, and serve as inspiration to all who didn't. She was a miraculous woman, and I hope that my daughter will emulate her style, grace and fierce bravery in spite of all obstacles laid in her path. Dr. Height you are truly amazing, and your memory will live on through people like me that will forever sing your praises and feel indebted for your service to our country.

Posted by: gannsberg | April 20, 2010 12:29 PM | Report abuse

Just out of curiosity, does anyone know where Dr. Height lived? In DC, or elsewhere? Thank you.

Posted by: mendelsonmustgo | April 20, 2010 1:14 PM | Report abuse

Statement of Veteran Activist Mark S. Allen on the death of Dorothy Height, Civil Rights Icon

"Of course those of us in the civil rights community are saddened at the death of our legendary Dr. Dorothy Height, longtime Chair of The National Council on Negro Women, for her many years of service helping to shape so many of the empowerment movements whose benefits our community and world benefit from today.

During my years of work as an aide to the Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr and Rev. Willie T. Barrow of Operation Breadbasket through Rainbow/PUSH Coalition, I had the expereince of working with Dr. Height through hermany years of partnerships at our annual conventions, and her direct access to young leaders was always a sense of pride to be in her presence at the many national leadership meetings.

To preserve the legacy that she leaves in a new generation of civil rights leaders, it is my hope that the Civil Rights organizations and others would have a Womens Leadership Institute named in honor of Dorothy Height to help prepare and ongoing vehicle of training a new generation of female leadership in the spirit of the legendary leadership that the life of Dorothy Height clearly represented. Dorothy Height is our newest ancestor"

Posted by: Marksallen | April 21, 2010 6:41 AM | Report abuse

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