Fenty, other D.C. politicians honor Dorothy Height
Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) praised civil and women's rights icon Dorothy I. Height, who died last week, at a celebration of her life Wednesday night at Shiloh Baptist Church.
Fenty invited D.C. Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray, his chief rival in the Democratic primary, to join him in the pulpit to read a proclamation, along with council member Marion Barry (D-Ward 8) and former council member Carol Schwartz.
Fenty, who drew criticism last summer for not meeting with Height about an issue concerning a recreation center, called her a "world figure," a "national treasure" and to residents, "a Washingtonian."
He made his presentation as former President Bill Clinton entered the church.
Right after the presentation, the crowd gasped when Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D) fell on steps up to the pulpit. The crowd roared when she said when fighting for the District, you often must "dust yourself off and get right back up."
Two men escorted her back down the steps to laughter.
April 29, 2010; 7:58 AM ET
Categories: Marion Barry , Mayor Fenty , Nikita Stewart | Tags: Adrian Fenty, Dorothy Height, Marion Barry, Shiloh Baptist Church, Vincent C. Gray
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