April 20, 2010
Christina Erling
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AFGE Response on the Passing of Civil Rights Matriarch Dr. Dorothy Height

The American Federation of Government Employees was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of civil rights matriarch Dr. Dorothy Height. “I had the great honor of knowing and working with Dr. Height during the civil rights movement and will always remember her energy, her passion and her leadership at a time when African Americans and women needed it the most,” said AFGE Women’s and Fair Practices National Vice President Augusta Y. Thomas. “Dr. Height spent a lifetime fighting racial prejudice, working toward voting rights for all, school desegregation, and overcoming poisonous biases. She was seminal in breaking down the fearsome barriers that threatened the progress of civil rights and gender equality, and Americans across the country have benefited from her endeavors. She leaves behind a tremendous legacy from which we all can draw strength and resiliency. She is truly a national treasure and she will be greatly missed.”

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