Cantor Honors Civil Rights Leader Dorothy Height
April 21, 2010
Contact: Doug Heye, Megan Whittemore

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Eric Cantor (VA-07) today issued the following statement in support of H. Res. 1281 to honor the life and many achievements of civil rights leader and Richmond native Dr. Dorothy Irene Height:

“Today, I am honored to commemorate the life and many achievements of Dr. Dorothy Irene Height. Born in my hometown of Richmond, Virginia on March 24, 1912, Dr. Height soon became a leader and national champion of the civil rights movement.

“As one of the only women at the table when contemporaries like Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and others were formulating plans for the civil rights movement, Dr. Height distinguished herself as a civil rights activist and leader. Faced with many obstacles, Dorothy overcame each and every challenge taking on many leadership roles throughout her career, including President of the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW), President of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, and her thirty-three years of service with the Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA).

“Her wise counsel has been sought by many American leaders such as First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt. She has also earned several awards, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom and I was proud to add my name to a bill in 2003 that was supported unanimously in Congress to award Dr. Height the Congressional Gold Medal. Though we are saddened by Dr. Height’s recent passing, it is my firm belief that she will be an inspiration for future generations of Americans and will always be remembered for her hard work, courage, and determination in the fight for equality and opportunity for all.”