National Urban League President and CEO Marc H. Morial said the League today has lost a friend, an inspiration, a mentor and a moral touchstone.
“We are following a path that was forged by Dr. Height,” Morial said. “Her legacy is a debt we can never repay. We merely hope to honor her memory and try as we can to live up to her example.”
“Michelle and I were deeply saddened to hear about the passing of Dorothy Height – the godmother of the Civil Rights Movement and a hero to so many Americans. Ever since she was denied entrance to college because the incoming class had already met its quota of two African American women, Dr. Height devoted her life to those struggling for equality. She led the National Council of Negro Women for 40 years, and served as the only woman at the highest level of the Civil Rights Movement – witnessing every march and milestone along the way. And even in the final weeks of her life — a time when anyone else would have enjoyed their well-earned rest — Dr. Height continued her fight to make our nation a more open and inclusive place for people of every race, gender, background and faith. Michelle and I offer our condolences to all those who knew and loved Dr. Height — and all those whose lives she touched.”
–President Barack Obama
“Today we mourn the loss of one of the iconic leaders of the Civil Rights Movement. Dr. Height’s lifelong commitment to not only civil rights, but also to human rights as they relate to women, the poor, people with HIV/AIDS and other vulnerable populations goes unsurpassed. She was a tremendous humanitarian who, even in the early days, was quick to understand why Black Americans must embrace the fight against HIV/AIDS. We will sorely miss her dignity and leadership…”
–Black AIDS Institute President and CEO Phill Wilson