WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama called on Americans to honor the memory of civil rights leader Dorothy Height by serving their country and making it better.
The president said: "We can all be drum majors for a righteous cause."
Obama spoke Thursday during a funeral service for Height at Washington National Cathedral. Numerous members of Congress and civil rights activists were in the audience.
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 also struck a light note at the somber event, mentioning Height's colorful hats "that she wore like a crown."