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Rep. Yvette D. Clarke’s Statement on the Passing of Legendary Civil Rights Leader Dr. Dorothy I. Height

Today marks the death of a Great Civil Rights Hero.

Today, Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke released the following statement on the death of Dr. Dorothy I. Height:

“As a direct beneficiary of the Civil Rights Movement, I am extremely saddened to hear of the passing of a great American Shero, Dr. Dorothy I. Height. Today marks a truly sad day in American history. We mourn the death of one of our nation’s greatest civil rights leaders. Known as one of the ‘founders of the civil rights movement,’ Dr. Height will forever be remembered as a fierce advocate for civil rights and equality for blacks and women across this nation.

“Dr. Height’s accomplishments are extraordinary and have earned her the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1994 and the Congressional Gold Medal in 2004. She served as President of the National Council of Negro Women for over 40 years as well as President of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. from 1947 to 1956. Today, I joined with other Members of the Congressional Black Caucus in cosponsoring a resolution to honor the achievements of Dr. Height.

“My condolences go out to Dr. Height’s family during their time of grief. I hope that her family and friends find solace in knowing that her life’s work and decades of advocacy have touched the lives of many. I can personally say that I am tremendously grateful to Dr. Height for her selfless sacrifice to humanity. She effectively laid the foundation for women and people of color to enjoy rights and privileges that many today, take for granted. Her graceful presence, with her rosy cheeks and signature hats will forever be etched in the memories of all those who were blessed to encounter her.”


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