|OCA Mourns the Passing of Civil Rights Leader Dorothy HeightFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
20 April 2010
Lan Nguyen | Program Associate
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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- OCA, a national Asian Pacific American (APA) social justice organization, mourns the passing of Dr. Dorothy I. Height, a pioneering activist for civil and women’s rights. Dr. Height passed away this morning at the age of 98 from natural causes. She will be remembered as an icon for social justice, making invaluable contribution to the civil rights movement.
Dr. Height remained active as chair of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, the nation's premier civil and human rights coalition of over 200 national and community organizations. OCA has been a long-time member of The Leadership Conference and is engaged in the civil rights work of which Dr. Heights was a prominent and respected leader.
For over seven decades, Dr. Height has been a leading voice in the fight for civil rights and equality. In addition to her work at the Leadership Conference, she first served in 1933 as an organizer for the United Christian Youth Movement of North America, then as president of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, as president of the National Council of Negro Women for over 40 years, and as a trusted advisor to other civil rights leaders and heads of states. Dr. Heights garnered many accolades for her dedication to fighting inequality, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom and Congressional Gold Medal.
Her legacy will continue in the movement she has dedicated her life’s work to and as an inspiration to civil rights advocates around the world.