April 20, 2010: Dorothy Height Died

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At 98 years old, Dorothy Height died. Three weeks earlier she had been admitted to Howard University Hospital in Washington D.C. for unspecified reasons.

Her funeral service at the Washington National Cathedral on April 29, 2010 was attended by President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, as well as many other dignitaries and notable people.

She was later interred at Fort Lincoln Cemetery in Brentwood, Maryland.

Dorothy Irene Height was a administrator, educator, and a civil rights and women’s rights activist specifically focused on the issues of African-American women, including unemployment, illiteracy, and voter awareness.

In 1990, Height, along with 15 other African Americans, formed the African-American Women for Reproductive Freedom.

She was the president of the National Council of Negro Women for 40 years and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1994 and the Congressional Gold Medal in 2004.

Read about her legacy at: Daily Black History Facts

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