Dorothy Height, a leading civil rights activist, died Tuesday, Howard University Hospital confirmed.
The hospital spokesman, Ron Harris, said Height died at 3:41 a.m. No cause of death was given. She was age 98.
Height, who had been chair and president emerita of the National Council of Negro Women, worked in the 1960s alongside civil rights pioneers, including the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., future U.S. Rep. John Lewis and A. Philip Randolph.
Here's a look at the highlights of her life:
Birth date: March 24, 1912
Birth place: Richmond, Virginia
Birth name: Dorothy Irene Height
Parents: James Edward, building contractor, and Fannie (Burroughs) Height
Education: New York University, BA and MA (Educational Psychology), 1933
Columbia University and the New York School of Social Work (Post-Graduate)
* 1933 – Leader of the United Christian Youth Movement of North America. Height works to prevent lynching and desegregate the armed forces.
* 1935 – Height is asked to work with ending Harlem riot.
* 1937 – Mary McLeod Bethune, National Council of Negro Women (NCNW) founder asks Height to join organization assisting with women's rights for equal pay and education.
* 1944-1977 – Height works in several leadership positions with the National Board of the YWCA of the USA.
* 1965 – Becomes Director of the Center for Racial Justice.
* 1944-1956 – Height serves as Vice President and later President of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.
* 1952-1955 – Is a member on the U.S. Department of Defense Advisory Committee on Women.
* 1957-1998 – National President of National Council of Negro Women.
* 1958-1968 – Is a member on the New York State Welfare Board.
* 1964 – Organizes "Wednesdays in Mississippi" to open communication among women of various races.
* 1964-1970 – Is a member of the American Red Cross board of governors.
* 1965-1977 – Is the founder and director of YWCA Center for Racial Justice.
* 1970 – Height creates the Women's Center for Education and Career Advancement in New York City. Center helps women with entry-level jobs.
* 1993 – Is inducted into The National Women's Hall of Fame.
* 1994 – Is Awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by president Bill Clinton.
* October 25, 1997 – Participates in the "Million Woman March" in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
* 1998 – Height becomes Chair and President Emerita of NCNW.
* 2004 – President George W. Bush presents Height with the Congressional Gold Medal.
* January 20, 2009 – Is at the podium when Barack Obama is sworn in as the 44th president of the United States.
* April 20, 2010 – Dies of natural causes at Howard University Hospital in DC.
Open Wide the Freedom Gates: A Memoir, 2003