Stubbornly persist, and you will find that the limits of your stubbornness go well beyond the stubbornness of your limits. ~Robert Brault
The morning of April 20th, 2010 brings the tragic news that legendary civil rights leader Dorothy Irene Height has passed away at the age of 98. I met Ms. Height very briefly at a woman’s symposium at Howard University thirteen years ago. She was this tiny unassuming woman, with this fierce coiled determination pulsing through her body. She spoke authoritatively — yet calmly and assuredly — befitting someone who had seen and been a part of every major civil rights victory in American history.
Her death leaves an unmistakable void in the struggle for equality for all people. But we should celebrate her life, because it was a testament to the greatness and unselfishness we all should aspire to. I cannot begin to recount her many personal and legislative achievements here, so please take a moment to read about them here, here and here. Dorothy Height — true American patriot — you will be missed.
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