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Vanilla P. Beane

FILE – In this April 27, 2010, file photo milliner Vanilla P. Beane, 90, left, talks about her friendship with the late Dorothy Height, a leading female voice of the 1960s civil rights movement, outside the National Council of Negro Women building in Washington, where Height’s casket arrived for public viewing. When Height died at age 98 this spring, some of her friends and admirers wore hats to her funeral as a final tribute, Beane among them. And many of the women also wore purple, Height’s favorite color. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)