Funeral Services for Dorothy Height, Civil Rights Pioneer
The civil rights pioneer will be laid to rest April 29 in Washington, D.C.
The funeral for Dorothy I. Height, a torchbearer of the civil rights movement, will be held at 10 a.m. on April 29 at the Washington National Cathedral, according to former U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexis Herman, who is overseeing the arrangements.
The service for Height, chair and president emerita of the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW), who died of natural causes at the age of 98 on April 20, will take place following several days celebrating her contributions to social and civil rights around the globe. Burial services will follow the service at Fort Lincoln Cemetery in Brentwood, Md.
Height, who was known for her spectacular hats, was one of the few women to serve at the front lines of many major civil rights events, including helping Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. plan the epochal March on Washington.
Throughout her lifetime, she worked to empower women to stand up and speak out for themselves. She fought even as she herself endured racism in its rawest form. In one of her last public speaking engagements this year during Black History Month at the DuSable Museum of African-American History in Chicago, Height said she never thought she would live to see the nation elect a black president.