ANNAPOLIS, MD (April 20, 2010) – Governor Martin O’Malley issued this statement today following the passing of Dr. Dorothy Height, leading voice of the 1960s civil rights movement:
“I was saddened to learn of the passing of Dr. Dorothy Height, known to many as the godmother of the civil rights movement. From a young age, Dr. Height lead a life dedicated in the fight against injustice, and in defense of equality everywhere. As a parent, I’m proud to have Dr. Height’s example to teach a new generation of Americans the sacrifices so many before them made to eliminate racism in America.”
First Lady Katie O’Malley will serve as Honorary Chair of an event this Sunday called “Hats on for Dr. Dorothy I. Height,” a Salute to a Lifetime of Service. The event will launch two programs in her honor at Coppin State University, including the Dr. Dorothy I. Height Endowed Chair and Lectureship in Social Work and Social Justice and the Dr. Dorothy I. Height Center for the Advancement of Social Justice.