President Barack Obama on April 26 decreed a universal sign of respect for civil rights legend Dr. Dorothy Height, who died April 20 at the age of 98.

“As a mark of respect for the memory of Dorothy Height, I hereby order, by the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, that, on the day of her interment, the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions until sunset on such day,” the president wrote in his proclamation. “I further direct that the flag shall be flown at half-staff for the same period at all United States embassies, legations, consular offices, and other facilities abroad, including all military facilities and naval vessels and stations.”

The president, who has called Height the “godmother” of the Civil Rights Movement, is expected to give the eulogy at the fallen leader’s funeral services on April 29 in Washington.