After almost a century of Dorothy Height making this country and world a more just, equal, and hopeful place she is now in heaven, and the rest of us are now going to have to step it up down here.
The female icons of the civil rights movement are a vanishing species in our collective consciousness. The passing of Dr. Dorothy Height was a huge loss to the nation. I lost a mentor. Whenever we met, she always said, "Carry on."
Civil rights godmother Dorothy Height will be buried today in Washington, D.C. after passing away last week at the age of
Height's style was punctuated by her hats, articulation, dignity and grace, but for those in the civil rights world it was her tenacity and lifelong dogged belief in the promise of American equality that made her stand out.
To me Dr. Dorothy Height was a dearest friend, mentor, and role model. When she passed away on April 20 at age 98, we all lost a treasure, a wise counselor, and a rock we could always lean against for support in tough times.
Much has been written about the remarkable contributions of Dorothy Height since her passing on Tuesday. But the positive influence she had on millions will perhaps never be fully told.
As the black community looks at the black agenda, we mustn't forget that women are part of that agenda and must continue to contribute to and be fully engaged in it.
Dorothy Height was a presence in Washington -- often you'd see her hat before you saw her. She died on Tuesday, yet another in a line of our esteemed elders who paved the way for us to be free, self-determining, strong men and women.