Obama salutes Dorothy Height's place in history

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama says civil rights icon Dorothy Height lived a righteous life that changed the country for the better.

Obama spoke Thursday during a funeral service for the fallen civil rights leader at Washington National Cathedral.

Height led the National Council of Negro Women for decades and marched with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. She died last week at age 98.

Obama praised Height for contributing to civil rights advances, sometimes at personal risk. He said she "deserves a place" in our history books and America's memory,

Obama spoke of the environment in which Height was raised, where lynching was still commonplace and many black people were denied opportunity.

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