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The state of Virginia will celebrate the life of the one-time preeminent female civil rights leader Dorothy Height today as the memory of her untimely death still lingers in our thoughts. Dorothy Height died in April of last year at the age of 98. She was the president of the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW), She helped desegregate the Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA), and she was also a proud member of  Delta Sigma Theta sorority.

In 1994, President Bill Clinton presented Height with the Medal of Freedom.

“We are not a problem people; we are a people with problems. We have historic strengths; we have survived because of family.” – Dorothy Height