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Statement From Attorney General Eric Holder On the Passing of Dr. Dorothy Height

 -- The following statement from Attorney General Eric Holder on the passing of Dr. Dorothy Height was released today by the U.S. Department of Justice:

"Today we mourn the loss of Dr. Dorothy Height, a preeminent leader in our nation's civil rights movement. Whether representing African-American women during the 1963 March on Washington, organizing 'Wednesdays in Mississippi' at Freedom Schools, or mentoring women's organizations across the country and abroad, Dr. Height's commitment to the cause of justice and equality helped to 'open wide the freedom gates' for countless Americans.

"As we reflect on and celebrate her many contributions in defiance of injustice, our thoughts and prayers are with the Height family. As Dr. Height once said, 'Greatness is not measured by what a man or woman accomplishes, but by the opposition he or she has overcome to reach his goals.' By that measure, Dorothy Height embodied greatness. Although she will be dearly missed, Dr. Height's leadership and her enduring optimism will continue to inspire our nation's work to ensure justice for all."

 

SOURCE U.S. Department of Justice

 

Statement of Ralph B. Everett, President and CEO of the Joint Center, on the Death of Dr. Dorothy I. Height

 

-- Dr. Dorothy I. Height's extraordinary life spanned nearly a full century and much of the arc that represents America's advancement toward that more perfect union that the founders envisioned.  From an early age, she was an influential force in our national progress, advising presidents and other national leaders whom the vast majority of Americans know only from history books.  And until just a few weeks ago, she was still very much in the game -- teaching, advising, leading and inspiring.

We fondly remember Dr. Height's acceptance just last year of the Joint Center's Louis E. Martin Great American Award, and how she enthralled our Annual Dinner audience with a 20 minute address, delivered without notes, that artfully blended lessons and experiences from her life and career with a powerful vision for the nation's continued progress.

Dr. Height's great legacy was her success in broadening understanding of human and civil rights, and her guiding of generations of activists to take up the mantle of leadership in the struggle for racial equality.  Through it all, her steadfast commitment to the American ideal set a standard that continues to inspire young people to civic engagement and community service.  She played an important role in leading our country into a new era.  And her death today at age 98 reminds us of the great strides that can be achieved through the power of ideas, through faith in the ability of our political system to right its wrongs, and through the shining example of one's own dignity and grace under pressure.

The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies is one of the nation's leading research and public policy institutions and the only one whose work focuses primarily on issues of particular concern to African Americans and other people of color. The Joint Center is celebrating its 40th Anniversary. To learn more, please visit www.jointcenter.org.

 

SOURCE Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies

 

Pelosi Statement on Passing of Civil Rights Leader Dr. Dorothy I. Height

 -- Speaker Nancy Pelosi released the following statement today on the passing of civil rights leader Dr. Dorothy I. Height:

"Men and women of every race and faith are heirs to the work, passion, and legacy of Dr. Dorothy I. Height. From her earliest days as an activist, she fought for equality under the law for every American -- recognizing that the battle for civil rights extended to African Americans, women, the disabled and anyone denied the chance to succeed because of who they are. For four decades, she stood at the helm of the National Council of Negro Women, continuing the struggle for an America that lived up to its ideals of liberty and opportunity, regardless of race or gender.

"In every fight, Dr. Height turned the tides of history toward progress. Today, we live in an America that Dorothy Height helped to shape -- a nation defined by equality, shaped by civil rights, and driven by the pursuit of justice for all.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the family, friends, and loved ones of Dorothy Height -- the mother of the civil rights movement and a champion for social justice. Her loss is felt by all who knew her, who respected her, and who followed in her footsteps. The nation mourns the passing of this giant of American history. We will all deeply miss her commitment, compassion, and devotion to a better future."

 

SOURCE Office of the Speaker of the House

 

Read More about Dr. Height: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/21/us/21height.html

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