Tuesday, April 20, 2010

NBCSL Mourns the Passing of Civil Rights Leader, Dr. Dorothy Height

(Washington, DC) Representative Calvin Smyre (GA), President of the National Black Caucus of State Legislators (NBCSL) issues the following statement of mourning regarding the death of Dr. Dorothy Height:

“Early this morning, we lost one of the founding matriarchs of the Civil Rights movement, Dr. Dorothy Height. Throughout her life and exemplary career, Dr. Height, overcame adversity and excelled at whatever she put her mind to be it academics, leadership or her lifelong passion of fostering equality in our society.”

“She dedicated over sixty years of her life to tirelessly advocating on the behalf of the poor, women, and people of color in various capacities as an educator, social activist, community organizer, and presidential advisor.”

“Dr. Height served in a variety of leadership positions, such as: President of the National Council of Negro Women from 1957 to 1997; President of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated from 1946-1957; and as Chairperson of the Executive Committee of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights.”

“In recognition of her contributions to bettering the nation as a whole, Dr. Height was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal and the Presidential Citizens Medal, the two highest honors conferred by the United States.”

“She held steadfast in her commitment to bettering the lives of others and creating a more inclusive society where women and people of color could participate. There is no doubt in my mind that she greatly improved this nation and the world through her tireless efforts and strong leadership. Although she will be sorely missed, we must continue to honor her legacy.”

The National Black Caucus of State Legislators (NBCSL) is a membership association representing more than 600 African American state legislators hailing from 42 states, the District of Columbia and the Virgin Islands. NBCSL members represent more than 50 million Americans of various racial backgrounds. NBCSL monitors federal and state activity and provides this information to its members through policy symposiums and conferences. Each year, NBCSL members pass policy resolutions that directly impact federal and state policy. The organization focuses on issues that directly impact US domestic policy and is committed to policies that positively affect all Americans.

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