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Height tributes, funeral scheduled for next week

Dorothy I. Height's crusade for racial justice and gender equality spanned more than six decades. Ms. Height was among the coalition of African American leaders who pushed civil rights to the center of the American political stage in the years after World War II, and she was a key figure in the struggles for school desegregation, voting rights, employment and public accommodations.

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By Hamil R. Harris
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, April 23, 2010

Funeral services for civil rights matriarch Dorothy I. Height have been scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday at Washington National Cathedral, according to the National Council of Negro Women, which Height directed for 40 years.

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The services are expected to be attended by an array of civil rights figures and dignitaries and will conclude a series of commemorations next week.

On Tuesday, a public viewing will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. at the council's Dorothy I. Height headquarters building at 633 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.

At 2 p.m. Wednesday at Howard University, the Delta Sigma Theta sorority will conduct the traditional "Omega Omega" farewell ceremony, which is due every sorority member. Height served as national president of the sorority in 1947, and her body will be there for the public tribute.

And at 7 p.m. Wednesday, a "Community Celebration of Life" will be held at Shiloh Baptist Church, 1500 Ninth St. NW. The celebration is open to the public.

Height, 98, president emeritus of the council, died Tuesday at Howard University Hospital. A civil rights icon who emerged near the dawn of the movement, she helped push civil rights into the national spotlight in the 1950s and '60s and witnessed many of its milestones over six decades.

The service at the cathedral will be followed by burial at Fort Lincoln Cemetery in Brentwood.


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