For Immediate Release

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Drew Courtney or Josh Glasstetter
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Remembering Dorothy Height

Height, a leading civil rights
activist who spent 41 years at the head of the National
Council of Negro Women, died
today at the age of 98. Michael B. Keegan, President
of the
People For the American Way Foundation, issued the following statement:

“We are all
saddened to learn of
the death of Dorothy Height, who in her decades of leadership in the
rights movement inspired millions of Americans to change their country
for the
better. Dr. Height’s strong leadership helped to carry the country
through the civil rights struggles of the 50s and 60s and the continued
for justice and equality in the decades that followed. She liked to say,
‘If the time is not ripe, we have to ripen the time.’ We all owe
her a tremendous debt of gratitude for her persistent, unyielding
dedication to
making our country a fairer, more just place and a land of opportunity
for all.
Our hearts are with her family as we give thanks
for her leadership
and the life she led.”


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