The founding matriarch of the Civil Rights Movement, Dorothy Height, who spent her whole life on behalf of women and blacks, Â has died at age 98. Not only did she serve woman and blacks, but her work and dedication served to improve the lives of all Americans.
Born in Richmond Virginia in 1912, she first marched in New York's Times Square against lynching as a teenager. Dorothy Height was still working in civil rights in the 50â€™s and 60â€™sÂ and helped lead the movement. In 1963 she stood on the platform with Martin Luther KingÂ when he delivered the â€˜I Have A Dreamâ€ speech at the Lincoln Memorial. She was the only woman there with Dr. King.
Dorothy I. Height was President of the National Council of Negro Women and was the recipient of the National Medal Of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal for her work and sacrifice.
Dorothy Height enriched all our lives and she left the world far better off than she found it 98Â years ago
She will be memorialized tonight on PBS the NEWS HOUR