Obama Praises Dorothy Height As 'Godmother Of Civil Rights'

Civil rights icon Dorothy Height's eulogy was the third that President Obama has delivered since taking office. The others were for the late Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) and the miners who died this month in a West Virginia mine collapse. Kennedy's funeral allowed the president to embrace the senator's legacy and pay homage to a key supporter. Honoring the miners enabled the president to connect with a suffering working-class community and show empathy for a bloc that did not back him at the polls.Height's services were different, packed with both historical references and light moments. Before taking the pulpit to speak, Obama sat next to his wife, bobbing his head as gospel artist BeBe Winans sang "Stand." Obama smiled as he listened to friends tell stories about Height daring to play basketball for her school team long before it was acceptable for women to do so.Poet Maya Angelou offered a reading and Camille Cosby also paid tribute to Height, who led the National Council of Negro