Thursday, May 6, 2010

Celebrating the Life of Dr. Dorothy Height

A grand celebration of life was held for Dr. Dorothy Height on Thursday, April 29th in Washington, D.C. at the Washington National Cathedral. Many dignitaries, friends and colleagues attended the memorial service for the civil rights giant who passed away on April 20th at the age of 98.

President Obama provided the eulogy, hailing Dr. Height as a “drum major for justice” sharing, “But we remember her not solely for all she did during the civil rights movement. We remember her for all she did over a lifetime, behind the scenes, to broaden the movement's reach. To shine a light on stable families and tight-knit communities. To make us see the drive for civil rights and women's rights not as a separate struggle, but as part of a larger movement to secure the rights of all humanity, regardless of gender, regardless of race, regardless of ethnicity.”

DC Councilmember Marion Barry, Danny Bakewell Sr., Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr., Michael Eric Dyson. In top photo: Susan L. Taylor, National Cares Mentoring Movement; Rev. Suzan Johnson Cook, Rev. Willie Barrow and Malaak Shabazz

United States Ambassador to the United Nations Dr. Susan Elizabeth Rice (right) and her mother Lois Dickson Fitt

NAACP President Benjamin Jealous and Carl Redding, Harlem restauranteur

Bill Lynch, Toni Fay and Billy Lynch

Gospel artist BeBe Winans and Bishop Donald Hilliard

Donna Brazile, political analyst, and Gloria Steinem

Rev. Marcia Dyson, Cathy Hughes, Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth, Rev. Dr. Suzan Johnson Cook, Dr. Julianne Malveaux, Hon. Sheila Jackson Lee, Susan L. Taylor and Cora Masters Barry
Photos by New York based photographer Margot Jordan, (646)226-6652
Opera star Denyce Graves and Anthony Epps

Actress/activist Sheryl Lee Ralph

Dr. Johnnetta B. Cole, Director, National Museum of African American Art at the Smithsonian

Michael and Roxie Victorian, Rev. Walter Fauntroy and Ofield Dukes

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