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Obama To Honor Height As Godmother Of Civil Rights

President Barack Obama will deliver the eulogy for the late Dorothy Height, a woman he calls the godmother of the civil rights movement.

Height will be honored Thursday during a funeral service at Washington National Cathedral for her leadership on the front lines fighting for equality, education and to ease racial tension. She died last week at age 98.

For 40 years, Height led the National Council of Negro Women. She marched with Martin Luther King Jr. and was a voice for women in the civil rights movement.

She was a powerful figure in Washington, meeting with every president since Dwight Eisenhower. Her activism stretched from Obama's election back to the New Deal.

At events, she was cheered and easily recognizable in the colorful hats she often wore.


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