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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.

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By Nikita Stewart  |  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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What an opportunity he missed. He could have gained some much needed wisdom if he had realized what an honor it would have been to talk to her in life.

Posted by: candycane1 | April 29, 2010 12:22 PM | Report abuse

Did he ever apologize for not meeting Dr Height, aside from that tweet he sent?

Posted by: thelildiva4u | April 29, 2010 1:08 PM | Report abuse

Ok. Can we have a little slow up on the Fenty bashing for the day? Lets focus on her for a minute, if you don't mind.

Congrats Dr. Height, heaven has a special section for you. Thank you for everything!

Posted by: politicalrealist | April 29, 2010 4:06 PM | Report abuse

@politicalrealist Nope! If the story was just honoring the iconic Dr. Dorothy Height and the other politicals who respected her when she was alive then I wouldn't have said anything. But, seeing as the washpo is condoning his behavior I will continue my protest against Fenty who is using her death to repair his image.

Posted by: thelildiva4u | April 30, 2010 9:35 AM | Report abuse

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