Although she never drew the media attention that conferred celebrity and instant recognition on some of the other civil rights leaders of her time, Ms. Height was often described as the "glue" that held the family of black civil rights leaders together. She did much of her work out of the public spotlight, in quiet meetings and conversations, and she was widely connected at the top levels of power and influence in government and business.

Although she never drew the media attention that conferred celebrity and instant recognition on some of the other civil rights leaders of her time, Ms. Height was often described as the "glue" that held the family of black civil rights leaders together. She did much of her work out of the public spotlight, in quiet meetings and conversations, and she was widely connected at the top levels of power and influence in government and business.

Standing on the Shoulders of Giants: Barak Obama, Martin Luther King, Malcolm X and Nelson Mandela

Standing on the Shoulders of Giants: Barak Obama, Martin Luther King, Malcolm X and Nelson Mandela

Martin Luther King leads the historic Selma March to Montgomery ca.1965.

Martin Luther King leads the historic Selma March to Montgomery ca.1965.

As an assistant to civil rights leader Bayard Rustin, Kahn helped to organize the 1963 March on Washington, during which Martin Luther King delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech. Description from revolvy.com. I searched for this on bing.com/images

As an assistant to civil rights leader Bayard Rustin, Kahn helped to organize the 1963 March on Washington, during which Martin Luther King delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech. Description from revolvy.com. I searched for this on bing.com/images

'That man's terrible': Secret Jackie Kennedy tapes reveal her disgust over Martin Luther King's 'sex party' It has been said that Jackie Kennedy hated Martin Luther King so much she could barely look at photographs of him. In interviews taped in 1964 but only just released, she said the black civil rights leader was a ‘terrible man’ and a ‘phoney’. She claimed King bragged of being drunk at her husband John F Kennedy’s funeral and had been caught trying to set up an orgy.

'That man's terrible': Secret Jackie Kennedy tapes reveal her disgust over Martin Luther King's 'sex party' It has been said that Jackie Kennedy hated Martin Luther King so much she could barely look at photographs of him. In interviews taped in 1964 but only just released, she said the black civil rights leader was a ‘terrible man’ and a ‘phoney’. She claimed King bragged of being drunk at her husband John F Kennedy’s funeral and had been caught trying to set up an orgy.

Gloria Richardson removes the rifle of a National Guardsman from her way during a 1963 Civil Rights Protest on Maryland.......BRAVE WOMAN!!! #civilrights #blackhistory - @Greg Takayama Terrell- #webstagram

Gloria Richardson removes the rifle of a National Guardsman from her way during a 1963 Civil Rights Protest on Maryland.......BRAVE WOMAN!!! #civilrights #blackhistory - @Greg Takayama Terrell- #webstagram

ROSA PARKS - received national recognition, including the NAACP's 1979 Spingarn Medal, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Congressional Gold Medal, and a posthumous statue in the United States Capitol's National Statuary Hall. Upon her death in 2005, she was the first woman and second non-U.S. government official to lie in honor at the Capitol Rotunda.

ROSA PARKS - received national recognition, including the NAACP's 1979 Spingarn Medal, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Congressional Gold Medal, and a posthumous statue in the United States Capitol's National Statuary Hall. Upon her death in 2005, she was the first woman and second non-U.S. government official to lie in honor at the Capitol Rotunda.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr accomplished more in 39 years of life than any man could wish to accomplish in 100 lifetimes. He was born January 15, 1929 into a life of Southern segration but would eventually be thrust into a unique position where he would become a national icon in the history of American progressivism.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr accomplished more in 39 years of life than any man could wish to accomplish in 100 lifetimes. He was born January 15, 1929 into a life of Southern segration but would eventually be thrust into a unique position where he would become a national icon in the history of American progressivism.

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