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Historical events, political acts and policy decisions provide the context for the contemporary civil rights debate.  

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President Obama Delivers Eulogy for Civil Rights Leader Dorothy Height

April 29, 2010 - Posted by Ron Bigler

Civil Rights leader Dr. Dorothy I. Height

In a eulogy for civil rights leader Dr. Dorothy I. Height (1912 -2010) delivered at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., today, President Obama reflected on Dr. Height's legacy and spirit.

Dr. Height's life, Obama said, was "a life lived righteously; a life that lifted other lives; a life that changed this country for the better over the course of nearly one century here on Earth."

Speaking about Dr. Height's contributions to the struggles for justice and equality that have benefited so many, he said:

Progress came from the collective effort of multiple generations of Americans. From preachers and lawyers, and thinkers and doers, men and women like Dr. Height, who took it upon themselves -- often at great risk -- to change this country for the better. From men like W.E.B Du Bois and A. Philip Randolph; women like Mary McLeod Bethune and Betty Friedan -- they're Americans whose names we know.  They are leaders whose legacies we teach. They are giants who fill our history books. Well, Dr. Dorothy Height deserves a place in this pantheon.  She, too, deserves a place in our history books.  She, too, deserves a place of honor in America's memory.

Obama's full remarks are available here.

Dr. Height had been the Chair of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights for more than 15 years and was also a recipient of The Leadership Conference's 1993 Hubert H. Humphrey Award.

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Civil Rights Legend Dr. Dorothy I. Height Dies at 98

April 20, 2010 - Posted by Tyler Lewis

Dr. Dorothy I. Height

Dr. Dorothy I. Height, a civil rights legend whose pioneering fight for civil and human rights spanned more than seven decades, passed away this morning from natural causes.  She had recently turned 98 on March 24.

Dr. Height was one of the most prominent women among the civil and human rights leadership in the 1960s, and she was a trusted advisor to many leaders, including Eleanor Roosevelt, President Dwight D. Eisenhower, President Lyndon B. Johnson, and President Barack Obama.


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Coppin State University Establishes Social Work Research Center in Dr. Dorothy Height’s Name

April 19, 2010 - Posted by Tyler Lewis

Coppin State University Development Foundation, Inc., and Dr. & Mrs. Reginal S. Avery will hold an event this Sunday, April 25, to honor civil and human rights icon Dr. Dorothy I. Height.


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The Leadership Conference Honors the Legacy of Civil Rights Icon, Dr. Benjamin Hooks

April 15, 2010 - Posted by Tyler Lewis

Dr. Benjamin Hooks, former head of the NAACP and former chair of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, passed away this morning at the age of 85.


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Civil Rights Legend, Dorothy Height Celebrates 98th Birthday

March 24, 2010 - Posted by The Leadership Conference

Dr. Dorothy Height and Van Jones enjoy a laugh

Dr. Dorothy Height enjoys a laugh with Van Jones at the Hubert H. Humphrey Civil Rights Award Dinner in May 2009.

Lifelong civil and human rights activist Dr. Dorothy I. Height celebrates her 98th birthday today.

Dr. Height is known primarily for her decades of work with the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW), an international organization that advocates for women of African descent and promotes family and community with its annual Black Family Reunion celebration. But she has served in a variety of capacities during the Civil Rights Movement, and was often the most prominent woman among the leadership of the movement.


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NAACP Names New Chairwoman: Roslyn Brock

February 22, 2010 - Posted by The Leadership Conference

The NAACP recently announced the election of Roslyn M. Brock as its new chairwoman of the National Board of Directors. Brock will succeed retiring civil rights activist, Julian Bond, who served as chairman for more than a decade.


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Library of Congress Celebrates NAACP Centennial

February 16, 2010 - Posted by The Leadership Conference

The Library of Congress is celebrating Black History Month by honoring the NAACP with a new online exhibition.


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Honoring Civil Rights Leader Beth Shulman

February 8, 2010 - Posted by Tyler Lewis

Civil rights and labor leader Beth Shulman died from complications with pneumonia on Friday, February 5. 


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Celebrate Rosa Parks’ 97th Birth Anniversary Today

February 4, 2010 - Posted by Beth Sadler

Ninety-seven years ago today, civil rights icon Rosa Parks was born in rural Tuskegee, Alabama.

Born Rosa Louise McCauley, this remarkable woman is remembered as the "mother of the modern day civil rights movement." Most famously, she gained national attention in 1955 when she refused to give up her seat to a White male on a Montgomery, Alabama city bus. With little more than a high-school education, Rosa Parks inspired a generation of activists to fight legal segregation in the United States.

Rosa Parks died on October 24, 2005. Today, we celebrate her legacy as a courageous leader and inspiring civil and human rights activist.

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Anniversary of Greensboro Sit-Ins Highlights Continued Fight for Civil and Human Rights

February 1, 2010 - Posted by The Leadership Conference

Fifty years ago today, four students from all-black North Carolina Agricultural and Technical College in Greensboro, N.C., walked into a Woolworth five-and-dime with the intention of ordering lunch even though there was a strict whites-only policy at the lunch counter.


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Civil Rights 101

Civil Rights 101 addresses the history of many civil rights issues that we face today.

Voices of Civil Rights

The exhibition Voices of Civil Rights documents events during the Civil Rights Movement in the United States. This exhibition draws from the thousands of personal stories, oral histories, and photographs collected by the "Voices of Civil Rights" project, a collaborative effort of AARP, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, and the Library of Congress, and marks the arrival of these materials in the Library's collection


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