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Funeral Services Today For Civil Rights Icon Dorothy Height

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Hundreds line up to pay tribute to Dr. Dorothy Height's life and legacy as a civil rights champion outside the National Cathedral.
Kavitha Cardoza
Hundreds line up to pay tribute to Dr. Dorothy Height's life and legacy as a civil rights champion outside the National Cathedral.

By Kavitha Cardoza

Dorothy Height, the woman called the "godmother of the civil rights movement," is being honored this morning during a funeral service at the Washington National Cathedral.

Hundreds of people eager to celebrate Height’s life and legacy lined up in front of the Cathedral this morning. Several women wore over-sized hats, including Stephanie Arthur, who wore one in a leopard print with bows.

"Everyone knows Dr. Dorothy Height loved hats, so if you look in this line you’ll see many women wearing unique eccentric hats to pay homage to her," she says.

Elaine Blackwell was Heights’ sorority sister for 64 years and says it’s fitting President Obama is delivering the eulogy.

"This lady has fought and struggled so hard-- her determination for justice for all and freedom for all," says Blackwell. "I am where I am because of that wonderful elegant woman."

Emani Wilshire has brought her students to the service so they learn how Height’s legacy affects them.

"Through her sacrifices they’re able to sit in the classroom that they’re at today and go on to college," she says.

Height died last week at the age of 98.

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