Honoring Dorothy Height
She loved herself some hats. So when they surprised her with a beautiful, ornately decorated purple hat at an event at the Anacostia museum last fall, Dorothy Height's face lit up like a Christmas Tree, and the gathering gave her a standing ovation. She was seated at our table as, of course, the guest of honor. That was not unusual.
Dorothy Height has been the honored guest at breakfasts, luncheons and gala dinners across America for decades now, gracing every event that she attended. And she deserved every second of adulation she received.
She personified the grace, grit and wisdom of our elders. She was one of the foundation stones upon which the modern civil rights movement rested.
Replaced? Never. Remembered? Forever.
Dignified is the word that comes to mind -- dignified, not dainty. There was a gentleness in her smile. She held your eyes. Her touch was light. But there was steel in her spine. She knew what she knew. And Dorothy Height knew America.
Her life of service was to a country where injustice once had the upper hand. To her crowning glory, she helped the nation trump that and more. Dorothy Height honored America with her presence.
| April 20, 2010; 1:14 PM ET
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