ADL Mourns The Passing Of Dr. Dorothy Height, "American Hero" Of Civil Rights Movement

New York, NY, April 20, 2010 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) mourns the passing of Dr. Dorothy Height, a trailblazing civil rights pioneer and American hero who was an inspiration for generations of Americans striving for justice and fair treatment for all.

Robert G. Sugarman, ADL National Chair, and Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director, issued the following statement:

As we mourn the passing of Dr. Dorothy Height, we celebrate her life of service and commitment to justice. She was a national treasure, an inspiration for generations of Americans, a fighter for empowerment of women and minorities, and a mentor and role model for so many. As the longtime leader of the National Council of Negro Women and a pioneer and leading light of the civil rights movement, Dr. Height's passion for fairness and social justice helped shape the course of our nation's history.

It is fitting that Dr. Height served for many years as the National Chairperson for the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, the nation's most important and diverse civil and human rights coalition. Like the Leadership Conference, she knew how to bring people together and how coalitions can amplify and magnify our individual organizational voices. 

The Anti-Defamation League was founded in 1913 to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all. Today it is the world’s leading organization combating anti-Semitism, exposing hate groups, training law enforcement on hate crimes, developing anti-bias education programs for students, countering cyber-hate and relentlessly pursuing equal rights for all.

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