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Tears streaming down his cheeks, grief overcame Barack Obama [yesterday] as he attended the funeral of the woman he called the ‘Godmother’ of the American civil rights movement.

The U.S. president was weeping openly as he watched the service for Dorothy Height in Washington today.

He delivered the eulogy for Dr Height, whose activisim stretched from the New Deal right up until Mr Obama’s election as the first African American president of the United States.