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Council Honors Height and Angelou

Civil rights icon Dorothy Height and poet Maya Angelou were honored Wednesday night by the D.C. Council - a swipe at Mayor Adrian M. Fenty's inability to schedule time to speak to them about Cora Masters Barry's eviction from the Southeast Tennis and Learning Center.

It appears that legal filings, negotiations with the mayor's administration and council intervention will keep Barry and her nonprofit Recreation Wish List Committee in the building that they helped build a decade ago.

But Council member Harry Thomas Jr. (D-Ward 5), who oversees recreation, still wanted to address what he saw as a snub of Height and Angelou.

Height was on hand at the Park, the 14th Street nightclub where the council held a reception for the Congressional Black Caucus. (No city funds were used, but there was the same set up as last year with club owner Marc Barnes providing the venue.)
Height, accompanied by former first lady Barry, said she was proud of her work with children and praised Barry.

The event brought out some old faces: former council chairman Sterling Tucker and Elijah Rogers, retired adviser to Marion Barryn among others.

By Washington Post Editors  |  September 24, 2009; 8:31 AM ET
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Harry Thomas seems to be the only one not afraid of the Mayor... it would be GREAT if we could get the other members of the Council to "man up."

Posted by: boo2 | September 24, 2009 9:28 AM | Report abuse

Good for you Councilmember Harry Thomas, Jr. I was deeply offended when the Mayor snubbed Dorothy Height and Maya Angelou. These women have given their life's work to improving the condition of African Americans in this nation and, in an instant, the Mayor if this City, disrespected all that work. We now know which side of this Mayor is running the city.

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | September 24, 2009 10:36 AM | Report abuse

Careful, concernedaboutDC, to not pit whites against blacks on the issue of Fenty.

Personally, I don't know anyone of any color who's happy with him.

Posted by: efavorite | September 24, 2009 11:14 AM | Report abuse

I agree with Boo2 that the Council does act like they're afraid of Fenty. And for what? He is little more than a schoolyard bully with a lot of out of town connections.

Efavorite is correct, too. There aren't too many people of any race who are happy with Fenty. Concernedaboutdc has a valid point too. Who is Fenty to disrespect two women who have done so much to pave the way for his behind to be able to hold a public office? Who is Fenty, regardless of his biracial self, to ignore two women who have done so much? That disrespect of two older and outstanding pillars of the community speaks to the disposability with which he and his 'leaders' at various agencies look at people over 35 and people who are knowledgeable and experienced.

The biggest problem is that there isn't anyone who is standing up to him and his foolishness. Again I'll ask: how much more will it take of his bullying, ignoring the law, disrespecting the elderly and all of the other despicable things he has abused his power to do before people stand up? Something needs to give because he has got to go.

Posted by: southyrndiva | September 24, 2009 12:18 PM | Report abuse

Kudos to Thomas!!!! Considering running?

Posted by: candycane1 | September 24, 2009 2:36 PM | Report abuse

Come on! Let's not get confused by ABF sydrome.
Thomas is a joke. The guy is ignorant and plain stupid...Candicane you know better than that!

Posted by: raunder23 | September 25, 2009 10:20 PM | Report abuse

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