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NEA mourns the loss of Dr. Dorothy Height

Educators recognize and honor the legacy of former member

WASHINGTON - April 20, 2010 -

The world has lost a great champion and role model in Dr. Dorothy I. Height, a leader in the civil rights movement.

The following statement can be attributed to NEA President Dennis Van Roekel:

“Dr. Height’s influence on society can be seen and felt, from the classroom to the boardroom, across this country and around the world. The National Education Association is honored to have worked with Dr. Height and the National Council of Negro Women on a number of issues related to education. A consummate professional and educator, she set an example of engagement and involvement for us all.

“While we are truly saddened to have lost such a valuable partner, member and friend, we are grateful for the opportunity to have known and worked beside such a powerful and dynamic woman as Dr. Height. The world is indelibly changed due to her steadfast commitment and resolve to achieve equal rights for all people.”

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The National Education Association is the nation’s largest professional employee organization, representing 3.2 million elementary and secondary teachers, higher education faculty, education support professionals, school administrators, retired educators and students preparing to become teachers.


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