Funeral Arrangements for Dorothy Height Announced by the National Council of Negro Women (w/Update)

UPDATE: President Barack Obama will be delivering the eulogy over the body of Dorothy Irene Height at her funeral service Thursday at the National Cathedral.

He has ordered all flags to be lowered at half-staff in her honor on that day.

From the National Council of Negro Women:

Funeral Arrangements for Dr. Dorothy I. Height

WASHINGTON (April 22) ― Funeral services for Dr. Dorothy I. Height, chair and president emerita of the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW), who passed earlier this week, will take place in Washington, D.C. beginning Tuesday, April 27 and end with funeral services at Washington National Cathedral on Thursday, April 29, according to former U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexis Herman, who is overseeing the arrangements. Burial services will be held at Fort Lincoln Cemetery in Maryland. Dr. Height passed away on Tuesday, April 20, at the age of 98.

Tuesday, April 27
6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. ― Dr. Height will lie in repose at the NCNW Dorothy I. Height building for a public viewing.

Wednesday, April 28
2:00 p.m. ―The Delta Sigma Theta Sorority will conduct a public Omega Omega Service at Howard University. Dr. Height served as national president of the sorority in 1947.
7:00 p.m. ― A “Community Celebration of Life” memorial will be held at Shiloh Baptist Church in Washington, D.C. The memorial is open to the public.

Thursday, April 29
10:00 a.m. ― A funeral service will be conducted at Washington National Cathedral and is open to the public.  The burial service will follow at Fort Lincoln Cemetery in Maryland.

Dorothy Height, never too tired to listen and extend her hand to a much younger woman (Courtesy: Politic365)

Alexis Herman knew the Height family intimately, and often called Dorothy Height her mentor.

Robin Caldwell writes about being one of Height’s myriad “daughters,” and how she will be missed. And that the burden has been passed on to generations.

Dorothy Height died childless, having never married. To some women that would be a sin and a shame. To me and countless others who appreciated her presence as a civil rights activist and women’s “club” movement leader, she died leaving a multitude of daughters. And just like our mother or godmother as President Obama referred to her, we serve women.

We not only serve in our sororities, churches and organizations but we serve in business and in politics. And sometimes we simply serve from our kitchen tables.

Dr. Height’s career was the result of the guidance, grooming and mentoring she received from women who mothered her, particularly Mary McLeod Bethune. I can imagine that some of the lessons she learned from Mrs. Bethune were not always of the polite tea and crumpet variety. I imagine there were tears, a few cross words, some stubbornness and maybe a couple of glasses of wine involved on occasion. Whatever the case, the outcome has been phenomenal.

When women are served, everyone is served. When women come together in service, the results are infinite.

Even if you cannot attend, remember where you are on Thursday, and pray for her in any color, any gender, any religion or philosophy.

Nam-myoho-renge-kyo, Dorothy Height.

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~ by blksista on April 25, 2010.

3 Responses to “Funeral Arrangements for Dorothy Height Announced by the National Council of Negro Women (w/Update)”

  1. I met Dorothy Height for the first time during the 100 year celebration of the NAACP this summer of 2009. I was a delegate, and had a break during the convention. I was visiting one of the vendors that sold ladies hats. Just like Dorothy Height, I love wearing hats and was busy trying on several hats..when she stopped by in her wheel chair and proceeded to try on hats. We shared a very happy moment on that day, however I was in awe of her , I was so excited to be in her presence ..because she was so graceful,and so brilliant , and always wore such beautiful and very elegant hats. She had just addressed the NAACP delegates on how at the age of 98 she was still in the struggle working for the freedom of others and had no plans of stopping!. I also had the chance to sing on stage with Dorothy Height during the Uncommon Heights Gala Celebration where she honored Oprah Winfrey this past summer in D.C. Dorothy Height spoke during the gala, and at the end she invited others to join her on stage to sing the song “This little light of Mine.” With much enthusiam , I walked on stage and sung the song with other women giants such as .Alexis Herman, Oprah Winfrey, Cicely Tyson.. so many others. I will always cherished these moments with Dorothy Height. Her light will truly shine in our hearts forever!!!


  2. I agree with you she was an aweson woman and a giant of a woman. We will miss her. I feel so blessed to have been in her presence on occasions. Our sorority was so honored to have her.


  3. What an awesome woman. I’m sure she will be missed by untold numbers.
    I happen to be white but I so admire leaders like her.


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