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