Honoring Dorthy I. Height
By Stevanie A. Williams
It was an awe inspiring 2 days of performance at Dorthy I. Height Elementary on Monday, December 18th and Wednesday, December 20th as young scholars grades Pre-k to fifth assembled together to learn about Kwanzaa and pay homage to the great woman their school has been named after.
Dorthy Irene Height was an American administrator and educator who worked as a civil rights and women's rights activist, specifically focused on the issues of African American women, including unemployment, illiteracy, and voter awareness. Born in Virginia in 1912, Mama Height as the scholars called her was a well known leader in addressing the rights of African-Americans as president of the National Council of Negro Women. She drew young people into her cause in the war against drugs, equal opportunity for young African American women and education. The numerous honors bestowed upon her include the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and the Congressional Gold Medal. She became our ancestor on April 10, 2010 at the age of 98.
Under the artistry of WombWork Mamas Kay Lawal-Muhammad & Rashida Forman-Bey, and Nu World artist Charles Watson & Stephanie Williams, the scholars were well prepared to bring the love and light to Dorthy I. Height. The scholars were able to give quotes and information about the life and legacy of Mama Dorthy Height and share a little Kwanzaa love with a performance for their families and school community. A special thank you and a big hug of gratitude goes to Mama Deborah Pierce-Fakunle and the members of Saint Paul Baptist Church who donated the beautiful hats the lady scholars wore during their performance! Aren't they sharp just like Mama Dorthy I. Height!