Fearlessness is a quality of spirit that enables you to walk an uncharted path and push forward, no matter what obstacles you face. I'm quite grateful to have met extraordinary women from a range of fields who have worked fearlessly for freedom and equality.
The female icons of the civil rights movement are a vanishing species in our collective consciousness. The passing of Dr. Dorothy Height was a huge loss to the nation. I lost a mentor. Whenever we met, she always said, "Carry on."
Even when African-American civil rights groups and women's groups were wary of each other's goals Dorothy Height found a way to bridge both those worlds with grace, dignity, and undeniably stunning results
Height's style was punctuated by her hats, articulation, dignity and grace, but for those in the civil rights world it was her tenacity and lifelong dogged belief in the promise of American equality that made her stand out.
To me Dr. Dorothy Height was a dearest friend, mentor, and role model. When she passed away on April 20 at age 98, we all lost a treasure, a wise counselor, and a rock we could always lean against for support in tough times.
Dorothy Height was a presence in Washington -- often you'd see her hat before you saw her. She died on Tuesday, yet another in a line of our esteemed elders who paved the way for us to be free, self-determining, strong men and women.