Banneker Memorial Group Commemorates Ten Year Anniversary With Who's Who Salute to Dr. Dorothy Height.

Washington, DC, January 23, 2006 – As the Washington Interdependence Council embarks upon its tenth year of endeavoring to commemorate the legacy of colonial American hero, Benjamin Banneker, it will Kick-Off the year’s celebrations with AWho’s Who Saluteto Dr. Dorothy Height, a living icon and Chair Emerita of the National Council of Negro Women. The event will be held on Friday, February 24, 2006 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. for the VIPReception, with the Main Event from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. The gala will take place at The Jefferson Hotel, 1200 16 th St., NW, WDC 20036. Celebrity entertainment provided by Jazz legend Mr. Ron Holloway and renowned singing phenomenon, Ms. Tata Vega, of Color Purple fame. A host of surprise entertainment and other living legend social, civic and political luminaries who will also be hand to fete Dr. Height for her legendary civic service.


The special event is being Co-Chaired by former Secretary of Labor, The Hon. Alexis Herman; DC Mayor, The Hon. Anthony Williams; and Black Leadership Forum President, Dr. Joe Leonard. Members of the Executive Committee for event include notable luminaries such as Dr. Lonnie Bunch, Founding President of the Nat’l Museum of African-Amer. Hist. ; MD Congressman, The Hon. Elijah Cummings; National Museum of American History Director, Dr. Brent Glass; Leadership on Civil Rights Director, Mr. Wade Henderson, Esq.; AfriCare Founder, Dr. C. Payne Lucas; SCLC Co-Founders, Rev. Joseph Lowery; Rev. Walter Fauntroy, The Hon. Andrew Young et al. renowned leaders. The Silent Auction will feature fine artist Mr. Jonathan Green. Women are encouraged to wear hats to event.


Celebrating America’s Grande Dame Matriarchs: A Who’s Who Salute to Dr. Dorothy Height is the theme of the event, and will pay homage to the more than 70 years of service Dr. Height has tendered to America and Africa in helping to ameliorate undesirable social conditions and overall social and civic injustice. Dr. Height rose to international prominence in the 1960’s as she stood shoulder to shoulder with 1963March on Washington Big Six civil rights leaders – A. Phillip Randolph; Roy Wilkins; James Farmer; John Lewis; Whitney Young and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Perhaps her crowning long term achievement was leading the National Council of Negro Women in securing ownership of the only Black-owned building on Pennsylvania Ave., a historic mansion with a long legacy of historic record; the Founding of the Black Family Reunion held annually on the Mall, and the Mary McLeod Bethune Memorial on Capitol Hill, the only memorial built to an African-American in the nation’s capitol. Dr. Height is a Congressional Gold Medal and Medal of Freedom honoree among others.


For further information on the Who’s WhoSalute, call for info at 202.387.3380 or visit the Washington Interdependence Council’s website at


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