"The passing of Dr. Dorothy Height is the passing of a true American icon who shaped a century of American progress toward racial and gender equality.
No one served longer and stronger or with more persistence than Dorothy Height. Whether it was marching in the streets with Dr. King, helping further education with Mary McLeod Bethune, or mentoring a new generation of freedom fighters, Dr. Height was a hero in civil rights and social justice.
Just two months ago, Dr. Height gave me instructions on how to fight against black unemployment in our meeting with President Obama at the White House. I visited her bedside in the hospital just three weeks ago knowing that greatness comes rarely in a lifetime and she was truly a great woman. Dr. Height fought until the end and has earned her place in history. We will miss her dearly."