April 27th, 2010
10:57 AM ET
5 years ago

Obama to deliver eulogy for Dorothy Height

Dorothy Height was a leading civil rights pioneer of the 1960s.
Dorothy Height was a leading civil rights pioneer of the 1960s.

(CNN) - President Obama will deliver the eulogy for civil rights leader Dorothy Height later this week, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Tuesday.

The funeral will be held at the Washington National Cathedral at 10 a.m. ET on Thursday.

Height, a leading civil rights pioneer of the 1960s, died last Tuesday at age 98.

She had served as chair and president emerita of the National Council of Negro Women and worked alongside civil rights pioneers in the 1960s, including the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., future U.S. Rep. John Lewis and A. Philip Randolph. Height was on the platform when King delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech at the 1963 March on Washington.


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soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. ThinkAgain

    Thank you, Ms. Height, for all you did for our country! It is very fitting that our President should eulogize you; may you rest in peace.

    April 27, 2010 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  2. Chessnutz of Liverpool NY

    Truly a deserving honor to have the POTUS give your eulogy.

    April 27, 2010 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  3. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    May you rest in peace Ms. Height. Thank you for your courage and your work. How appropriate that it would be the first African-American President that will eulogize you.

    April 27, 2010 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  4. Sgt. USMC

    It's amazing how not too long ago Mrs. Height was fighting for the rights of people, to live and enjoy life equally. Now, the first African American President will deliver her eulogy. This is a great moment in history. Thank you Mrs. Dorothy Height for your struggle, you have helped shape this nation.

    April 27, 2010 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  5. Cat

    What a wonderful thing! An American civil rights icon being eulogized by the first African American President. Rest in peace Mother Heights.

    April 27, 2010 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  6. mmd

    God bless her. I worked with her from 1995 to 1998.

    She was a great woman

    April 27, 2010 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  7. Ray, Florida

    May God bless Ms. Dorothy Height's soul. What an inspiring woman! A woman who stood up for the rights of herself and others. I did not know her personally, but I like to give credit where it is due. May God comfort her family and lead them in her foot steps to be a blessing to themselves and others.

    April 27, 2010 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |