Dorthy Height, a pioneer of the Civil Rights Movement, died of natural causes at the age of 98 in Washington, D.C. Tuesday.
President Obama referred to her as "the godmother of the Civil Rights Movement and a hero to so many Americans". She has known has known every president since Dwight D. Eisenhower, according to USA Today.
Height worked alongside Dr. Martin Luther King, in which she was apart of major national projects during the Civil Rights Movement. She helped coordinate the March on Washington in 1963, according to USA Today.
She was considered by most an unsung hero of the Civil Rights Movement, being overshadowed by Dr. King and other male leaders of the movement, according to The New York Times.
Height was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Clinton in 1994. She has also received the Congressional Gold Medal from President Bush in 2004. Those two honors are the highest achievements any civilian can attain, according to The New York Times.