Washington Watch: Celebrating The 100th Birthday Of American Icon Dr. Dorothy Height (VIDEO) | Roland Martin Reports

Washington Watch: Celebrating The 100th Birthday Of American Icon Dr. Dorothy Height (VIDEO)

A week-long centennial celebration focusing on service to others kicked off last Saturday at Shiloh Baptist in Washington, D.C. honoring Dr. Dorothy Height.

MR. MARTIN:  All right, folks.

American icon Dr. Dorothy Height would have been 100 years old yesterday, and a week-long centennial celebration focusing on service to others kicked off last Saturday –

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MR. MARTIN (VOICEOVER):  — at Shiloh Baptist here in Washington, D.C.  The Women of Gospel Choir got the day started with an uplifting song of praise, followed by speeches from Barbara Shaw, head of the National Council of Ne- — of Negro Women, a position Dr. Height herself held for 41 years.  Also on hand to pay tribute was Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie, chaplain of Delta Sigma Theta, where Dr. Height was president for 11 years.

BISHOP VASHTI MCKENZIE:  — that says we do it even if it’s inconvenient.  We will serve without discrimination.  We will serve without looking to receive something in return.

MR. MARTIN (VOICEOVER):  We also heard from former Labor Secretary Alexis Herman, her close friend and colleague.

SEC’Y ALEXIS HERMAN:  — celebrate the 100th birthday of Dorothy Height.  She so much wanted to see this day.

MR. MARTIN:  Smokie Norful and Vickie Winans were also on hand to celebrate Dr. Height’s birthday.

MR. SMOKIE NORFUL:  (Sings.)

MS. VICKIE WINANS:  (Sings.)

MR. MARTIN (VOICEOVER):  Among those in the crowd was Dr. Height’s very dear friend Mrs. Cicely Tyson.

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MR. MARTIN:  For all of us, it was a wonderful day honoring one of our greatest American treasures.