April 20, 2010


Dr. Dorothy Height, who as longtime president of the National Council of Negro Women was the leading female voice of the 1960s civil rights movement, has died. She was 98. A Howard University Hospital spokesman said she died early Tuesday morning.
As a teenager, Height marched in New York's Times Square shouting, ``Stop the lynching.'' In the 1950s and 1960s, she was the leading woman helping the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and other leading activists orchestrate the civil rights movement.
The late activist C. DeLores Tucker once called Height an icon to all African-American women.

Dr. Dorothy Irene Height
March 24, 1912 - April 20, 2010