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WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is calling the late Dorothy Height “the godmother of the civil rights movement” and a hero to many Americans.

Height led the National Council of Negro Women for 40 years. She died Tuesday at age 98.

Obama said in a statement that he and his wife, Michelle, were deeply saddened by the news.

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He said Height was the only woman at the highest level of the civil rights movement and witnessed “every march and milestone along the way.”


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