One of the matriarchs of the civil rights movement has died at 98

Dr. Dorothy Irene Height, 98, the revered matriarch of the civil-rights movement who fought for racial justice and gender equality for more than 60 years, died at Howard University Hospital in Washington, D.C., of natural causes, reports The Washington Post.

Born in Richmond, Va., and raised in Pennsylvania, she said she “chose the 13th, 14th and 15th amendments [of the Constitution] as my concentration” and led the National Council of Negro Women, a 4-million-member advocacy organization, from 1957 to 1988. This is the second loss for the civil-rights movement in the last week with the April 15 death of Dr. Benjamin Hooks.

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