Press Release

PhRMA Statement Marking Passage of Civil Rights Pioneer

PhRMA April 30, 2013

Washington, D.C. (April 20, 2010) — Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) Vice President for Government Affairs/Diversity Programs Larry Lucas issued the following statement today regarding the death of Dorothy Height:

“Less than one week after mourning the loss of former NAACP Executive Director, Benjamin L. Hooks, we note with sadness the passage of another civil rights pioneer, Dr. Dorothy Height.

“Dr. Height, chair and president emerita of the National Council of Negro Women, worked side by side with such civil rights pioneers as the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and was near King in 1963 when he gave his iconic ‘I Have a Dream’ speech.

“She was a fixture in all phases of the civil rights movement, going back before the actual Civil Rights bill was passed by Congress. A few generations later, she joined the nation in celebrating the inauguration of the nation’s first African American President, Barack Obama.

“Dr. Height stood with some of the most powerful people in the world – participating in meetings with Eleanor Roosevelt – but her focal point remained those who were less powerful.

“I last saw Dr. Height just a few months ago, speaking confidently and without notes. Even late in life, she was taking on new challenges. Her work was always geared toward benefiting everyone.

“I will miss her passion for the cause and share the nation’s sadness at her passage.”


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