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.
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