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Tribute to Dorothy I. Height – 2017 U.S. Postage Stamp Issued

In 2010, I wrote this tribute to Dr. Dorothy I. Height:

Highest Height

As of April 20, 2010 Dorothy Height will not breathe again

To this world she said good night

After reaching her Highest Height

In her 98 years, Dorothy Height worked more than enough

Through situations pleasant and sometimes tough

She was born in a country where, by law, her color was rejected

And she lived with her status as a woman routinely disrespected

Yet, as the sole Black woman she proudly stood

As the balance for those men who sought to do good

To do good for a maturing democracy

Amid their pain from living in its hypocrisy

Dr. Height did her share

To make her country and her people aware

Aware of the dignity of the Black family

Aware of its history and its legacy

A life of purpose is what Dr. Height led

The spirit of her people is what she fed

She lived and dined with ministers and with the masses

She met with presidents and with people of many races and classes

In her signature hats with clothes to match

Dorothy Height was a lady at all times

Gracefully aging like fine wine

And now that she has closed the earth door

There will be other places for her to explore

Understand, this spiritual assignment is complete

Now her Creator she must meet and greet

So for those who feel sad and left behind

Please accept that a life, well-lived, deserves a finish line

Just remember.

Remember her love for her people, her commitment and her dedication

Remember to follow her model of service to her nation

Remember Dr. Height as courageous and kind

Fully possessed of a sound mind

Remember, she lived to reach her Highest Height

And she chose, when and where — to say good night

CeLillianne Green Copyright 2010 All Rights Reserved

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