For Immediate Release
April 20, 2010
AARP Remembers Dr. Dorothy Height
WASHINGTON – AARP CEO A. Barry Rand released the following statement today in memory of Dr. Dorothy I. Height.
“Today we mourn the passing of a great leader in the battle for equality among all Americans. Dr. Dorothy Height embodied social change in a way few can match, but all should endeavor to duplicate. When we talk of the American Dream today, we talk about a dream that Dr. Height made possible for millions throughout the world. It is this drive for equality that earned Dr. Height AARP’s Andrus Award in 2004 – an award that pays tribute to those who bring positive social change to the world they live in. No one could be more deserving.
“Dr. Height was the mother of the civil rights movement. She was the listening ear that heard a nation in need, and an active voice that brought people together by breaking down barriers that had separated us by race, gender, religion and social class.
“Her commitment to equality among all people was not just powerful, it was sustained. For decades Dr. Height fought to ensure the fair and just treatment of all people. She witnessed President Kennedy sign the Equal Pay Act, she stood on stage for Dr. King’s ‘I Have a Dream’ speech, and she spoke at the Million Man March.
“Dr. Height was a leader, a role model and a hero. Her contributions are incalculable and her legacy will remain unmatched. Her passing signifies the end of a life devoted to the betterment of all people. May we all strive to leave this world as improved as Dr. Height left hers.”
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