Barack Obama eulogizes Civil Rights icon Dorothy Height

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President Barack Obama eulogized fallen civil rights leader Dorothy Height Thursday as a humble but tireless force for equality and justice.

Speaking to hundreds of mourners gathered in the stately Washington National Cathedral, Obama recounted Height's quiet perseverance during decades of work, mostly behind the scenes while the men of the movement got more attention and fame.

"She never cared about who got the credit," the president said. "What she cared about was the cause. The cause of justice, the cause of equality, the cause of opportunity, freedom's cause."

His 13-minute tribute often drew gentle laughter as Obama remembered the doggedness and energy of Height, who led the National Council of Negro Women for decades and marched with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. She died last week at the age of 98.

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