By Pamela Gentry, Senior Political Analyst
March 27, 2010 â€“ Rumors are unfounded that civil rights activist and the celebrated leader of the National Council of Negro Women has died.Â Dorothy Height, often referred to as the â€śmother of civil rights,â€ť remains in an ICU at Washington’s Howard University Hospital.
A spokesperson for the NCNW told me Saturday eveningÂ she is hospitalized, but Height, who turned 98 years old on Wednesday, is reported to be resting and in stable condition.Â Howard University Hospital spokesman Ron Harris told reporters she is “resting well.”
Rumors circulated on the internet on SaturdayÂ that Height had died. It created a flurry ofÂ online buzz and prompted a statement from Alexis Herman, a close friend and the former Secretary of Labor.Â “We are grateful for the professional care of her doctors. We especially thank everyone for your thoughts, prayers and support during this challenging time.”
Height, who is chair and president emeritus of the National Council of Negro Women, has been considered a female trailblazer in the civil rights movement. She worked alongside the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), Rev. Ralph Abernathy and A. Phillip Randolph during the 1960s.