President Barack Obama, sitting next to First Lady Michelle Obama, wipes away tears at Dr. Dorothy Height’s funeral on Thursday held at the Washington National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.
Dr. Height led the National Council for Negro Women for four decades and was present at the key battles for racial equality since the 1930s. She died at age 98 after a lifetime devoted to the fight for equality.
The President eulogized the “Godmother” of the American Civil Rights Movement, citing her humility and fight for the cause: “She never cared about who got the credit. What she cared about was the cause. The cause of justice, the cause of equality, the cause of opportunity, freedom’s cause.”
He also revealed that Dr. Height had visited the Obama White House over 20 times and urged Americans to honor her memory by serving and improving their country.
A video of the President’s remarks is included below.
PRESIDENT OBAMA EULOGIZES DR. HEIGHT