Thursday, April 29, 2010
Dr. Dorothy Height Laid to Rest
The National Cathedral in Washington, DC was packed today with people coming to pay their respects to civil rights leader Dr. Dorothy Height. President Obama delivered the eulogy where he said, Height, "deserves a place of honor in America's memory." And he described her a leader of "quiet, dogged, dignified persistence." You can watch the President's eulogy below.
I enjoy (and maybe "enjoy" isn't the right word) watching funerals of influential people. Of course I like the lavishness, but also it makes me look at how this person's life influenced me. And depending on the life they led, it's my own way of paying respects. One of the most beautiful services I've watched are those for Princess Diana and Ronald Regan. And one that recently moved me to tears was the funeral for the late Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones.
I have not seen Dr. Height's funeral but you can view it on C-SPAN. Watch it with your daughters. Our children are enjoying the benefits of struggles from decades ago, but have no clue about the struggle. More and more and more our daughters are getting the message that the power lies between their legs. NO. Teach your girls about women like Dr. Height so they'll see the source of their power is between their ears and in their hearts.
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1. PicApp--Photo shows poet Maya Angelou reading beside the coffin of Dorothy Height.