It’s amazing how life is so unpredictable.  One day you are here and the next day isn’t promise to you. But there is one thing you can control is how you want people to remember you… Do you want to be remembered as a loving and caring person who made a difference in others lives or the selfish grunt that live for their own selfish needs. Always remember to live your life the way you would like to be remembered. Never live in regret and don’t let opportunities pass you by. You are special and you have the ability to be a leader and make a difference in your community. Don’t ever let someone tell you different.

An amazing African American Woman leader Dorothy Irene Height is a great example of the power we all have inside of us to make the world a better place. She never put herself in a corner and never allowed people to tell her, she didn’t have the power to make a difference. She was such a compassionate and noble woman. It’s so sad for me to write she has passed away Today, Tuesday, April 20th, 2010 in Washington, DC. A day after my Powerful and Prestigious Pi lambda Chapter and Charter Line celebrated 24 years!! It amazing how times fly by.. However, the bigger question what did you do with the time that flew by….

I can honestly say Soror Height made powerful strides with her time. She just celebrated her birthday on March 24, (born 1912 in Richmond, Virginia and grew up in Rankin, PA) and she was hospitalized 3 days later. I just can’t believe I just did a blog about her on March 11th White House Celebrate Women’s History and Social Worker’s Month. Soror Height was sitting in the front roll and was mentioned by our wonderful 1st lady Michelle Obama. This is a great lost because she was such a remarkable woman and left behind a great legacy! Soror Height really understood the meaning of leaving your footprints behind. She represent how a person should want to be remembered when you pass away. Also, you are never done growing and giving back even when you are laid to rest because the seeds you planted will keep growing.

This weekend I have been blessed to be surrounded by loving sorors that keep giving of themselves and keep on planting positive seeds into our soul. I am so proud to be part of a Divine Sorority with such astonishing leaders like Soror Height. Some of the legacy she leaves behind at 98 years old:
Dorothy Irene Height was a proud member and leader of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority INC. Dorothy Height became national president of Delta Sigma Theta in 1947, after serving for three years as vice president. She served as president until 1956. In 1957, Dorothy Height’s term as president of Delta Sigma Theta Inc. expired, and she was selected as the president of the National Congress of Neighborhood Women, an organization of organizations. Always committed to her call of duty, she led NCNW through the civil rights years and into self-help assistance programs in the 1970s and 1980s. She built up the organization’s fund-raising capability and credibility that it was able to attract large grants and therefore undertake major projects. She also assisted in establishing a national headquarters building for NCNW. Height was one of the few women to participate at the highest levels of the civil rights movement, with other great leaders that paved a path of freedom for us today. At the 1963 March on Washington, Soror Height she was right there in the forefront and on the platform when Dr. King delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech.
Dorothy Height was a well-rounded individual that traveled extensively in her various positions, including to Haiti, England and India where she taught for several months. Not only was she a great leader but she served on many committees and boards connected with social work, women’s and civil rights. Soror Height never jumped the broom and leave behind no children of her own but she considered everyone as her children. She devoted her life to caring and helping her national and international community. Dorothy Height became convinced that negative images of black family life were a significant problem, and to address the problem, she founded the annual Black Family Reunion in 1986 (an annual national festival). She truly believe
“We are not a problem people; we are a people with problems. We have historic strengths; we have survived because of family.” – Dorothy Height

In 1994, President Bill Clinton presented Height with the Medal of Freedom. In, 2001 in Maryland and in 2002 at Delta Convention in ATL I was honored to meet Soror Dorothy I Height.  Soror Height was a beautiful and positive woman wearing a fabulous hat both time I meet her. I was so proud to be in her presence. I respect and thank God for her dedication. Height will always be remembered for being a social worker/activist and will always be remembered as the “Godmother of the women’s movement and the mother of the Civil Rights movement.” So always remember

“The difference between the impossible and possible lies in a person’s determination.” – Tommy Lasorda
The difference between success and failure is your ability to get back up and keep trying until you win. – Pat V
It’s hardest thing to say goodbye to such a great person like Soror Height!
May she R. I.  P. with our Heavenly Father!

Sashaying Off
Precious Pat V

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