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"Reflections on Dr. Dorothy Height - Melanie Campbell, Evelyn Lowery, Felicia Davis"

[Previous entry: "Statement by Rep. Fudge on the Passing of Civil Rights Matriarch Dr. Dorothy Irene Height"]

"Today we mourn the passing of our beloved leader, teacher, mentor and guide, Dr. Dorothy I. Height. Dr. Height dedicated her life to civil rights, human rights and women's rights in our nation and around the world. Dr. Height was a founding board member of The National Coalition on Black Civic Participation and the Black Women's Roundtable.

I feel Blessed and honored to have been mentored by Dr. Height, working with her in recent years on the Black Women's Roundtable with an intergenerational network of women to promote the empowerment of women and girls. Dr. Height taught us that we must be organized and stay focused on the work and that we are more powerful working together in unity and that 'unity does not mean uniformity.'

I challenge each of us to celebrate Dr. Height's life by mentoring a young person and continuing to do the work for justice, equality and opportunity for women, girls and all people."

--Melanie L. Campbell is the Executive Director & CEO, National Coalition on Black Civic Participation, Co-Convener with Dr. Height of Black Women's Roundtable, and a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.


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"Dr. Dorothy Irene Height was a founding matriarch of the civil rights movement and an outspoken advocate for gender equality. Dr. Height worked tirelessly until her last days advocating on behalf of women, African Americans and underprivileged people throughout the world. She was a shining example of womanhood and her courage, intelligence, and quick wit will be missed. Our prayers go out to her family and the NCNW family."

--Evelyn Gibson Lowery, is a civil rights leader, founder of SCLC/W.O.M.E.N, Inc., and wife of Dr. Joseph E. Lowery.

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It was a blessing to have had the opportunity to work closely with Dr. Height over the past year. She empowered the Black Women's Roundtable by her presence showing us how to leverage our collective power to accomplish worthy goals. Dr. Dorothy Irene Height did more to advance women--all women--than any other single woman and she dedicated her life to moving Black America forward. Her memory was phenomenal, her sense of humor exquisite, her passion for justice and human rights indefatiguable, her style impecable, her voice revealed truth, and her eyes twinkled with a girlish playfulness poised for a party with a purpose.

She was our leader and when I quote her, I will miss the whisper in my ear correcting me--she would smile and say, "actually, it was Eleanor Roosevelt, or Mrs. Bethune, or Dr. Dubois, or A. Phillip Randolph" or whom ever along with the date, location and setting of the initial uttering always remembering the first to speak words of wisdom that I then heard from Dr. Height. She mastered the habit of excellence.

--- Felicia M. Davis, is Director of UNCF's Building Green Initiative and a member of Black Women's Roundtable

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