Dr. Dorothy Height was laid to rest today, and I was honored to be able to celebrate her life.
The Washington D.C. National Cathedral was full of people thankful to share in the celebration of Dr. Height’s life. Ceremonies commenced with the Howard University choir as the clergy procession entered.
88 year young Dr. Bernard C. Randolph Sr, Dr. Height’s nephew spoke fondly of his aunt, and how he was always told to use her as an example of how he should conduct himself. Clearly at a young age Dr. Height’s calling was being revealed.
Dr. Camille O. Cosby gave her reflections on how Dr. Height impacted her life, and Jeff Majors performed one of his most loved songs “Psalm 23”.
President Barack Obama and the First Lady were in attendance, and the tribute given by the President was poignant and heart felt. President Obama recollected a favorite moment of shared experience about Dr. Height when they mounted the Emancipation Proclamation in the Oval Office, where she shared a fond story of a 15 year old Dr. Martin Luther King.
All remember Dorothy Height as a woman who loved a good party, her flowers, her hats, cheering for the Redskins, and cheering for the Yankees. Most of all a woman who loved to cheer for us and for life!
Before her death, Dr. Height was able to finish her book entitled “Living With Purpose.” I think we all need to make it a point to read Dr. Height’s final words to the world…I know I will.