Washington (DC) On Wednesday, April 21, 2010, Congressman Al Green in the House of Representatives offered the following statement in the Congressional Record on the passing of civil rights leader, Dr. Dorothy Irene Height:
“I am deeply saddened by the passing of legendary civil rights pioneer, Dr. Dorothy Irene Height. I extend my heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Dr. Height as our nation mourns the loss of a true visionary, champion, and leader in the fight for civil rights and justice for all Americans.
“Dr. Height began her career as a civil rights activist when she joined the National Council of Negro Women. She would later serve as president of the organization from 1957 – 1998. In her position with the Council, which connected nearly 4 million women worldwide, she tackled issues that affected women, including child care for working mothers, health and nutrition and providing adequate housing for families in need.
“She also served as National President of Delta Sigma Theta, Sorority Incorporated from 1946-1957. She remained active with Delta Sigma Theta Sorority throughout her life. While there she developed leadership training programs and interracial and ecumenical education programs.
“Widely recognized as one of the founding members of the Civil Rights movement, Dr. Height was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1994 by President Bill Clinton. In 2004, she also received the Congressional Gold Medal.
“In 1998, she told People magazine, “I want to be remembered as someone who used herself and anything she could touch to work for justice and freedom… I want to be remembered as one who tried.” There is no doubt that Dr. Height will be remembered as someone who not only tried, but went a step beyond to secure liberty and justice for all Americans.
“Dr. Dorothy Height’s leadership in the struggle for equality and justice for all people will continue to serve as an inspiration to our nation.”