Funeral Services Set for Dorothy I. Height
Civil Rights Leader Will be Honored Over 3-Day Period
Published: Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Updated: Tuesday, April 27, 2010 09:04
Height's standards have also been apparent by the way in which she carried herself — from her diction to her dress. Throughout her life, Height has worn many hats, literally and figuratively, She typically wore a hat to match her outfit.
"She loves hats," Herman said, laughing. "Every hat she wears, she could tell a story."
Although Height had an extensive hat collection, Herman added, she can still remember which hats are someone's favorite color and which events she's worn them to, whether it's a speaking engagement or a meeting at the White House,
With her legacy of service, Height is a key figure in the annals of American history and the timeline of the Civil Rights Movement. She is the first person to be featured in iCareVillage's "Wisdom of Elders Across America" video series, which was shot in mid-March for Women's History Month just before her hospitalization and 98th birthday. Her oral history is part of the National Visionary Leadership Project, founded by Camille O. Cosby, Ed.D., and broadcast journalist Renee Poussaint in 2001.
"I want to be remembered as someone who used herself and anything she could touch to work for justice and freedom," Height said. "I want to be remembered as one who tried."
Alexis K. Barnes is a correspondent for the Howard University News Service. Additional reporting by Nicole Austin, Brittany Epps, Phillip Lucas, Melissa Montgomery and Zaria Poem.