Obama to honor Height as godmother of civil rights

WASHINGTON (AP) - Hundreds of mourners are filing into the Washington National Cathedral to honor the late Dorothy Height, a matriarch of the civil rights movement.

President Barack Obama will give the eulogy at the funeral on Thursday morning. Poet Maya Angelou will offer a reading, BeBe Winans will sing, and Camille Cosby will offer a tribute.

Attendees at the public funeral include Washington's powerful and others who boarded trains at 3 a.m. to take part.

Some of the women arriving at the cathedral are wearing bright hats like Height used to wear.

Leaders from Congress will share the front row with the president. Several officials from Obama's cabinet also will attend, including Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Attorney General Eric Holder. Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele is also expected to attend.

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