The Children's Defense Fund Dedicates the Bethune-Height House At the Haley Farm
Symposium on Women Torchbearers in the Civil Rights Movement Honoring
Dr. Height to Accompany Dedication
CLINTON, Tenn., July 13 /PRNewswire/ -- On Sunday, July 15, at the former Alex Haley Farm in Clinton, Tennessee, the Children's Defense Fund (CDF) will dedicate the Bethune-Height house in honor of Dr. Dorothy I. Height and in memory of Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune. The ceremony will be part of CDF's Torchbearers Symposium on the Role of Women in the Civil Rights Movement in honor of Dr. Height. The Honorable Andrew Young, Chairman and Founder of Good Works International, and Marian Wright Edelman, President and Founder of the Children's Defense Fund, will give tribute to Dr. Height. Other speakers will include Dr. Dorothy Cotton, former educational director of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference; Professor Roger Wilkins, author of Jefferson's Pillow: Fable and Dilemma of Black Patriotism; Ms. Connie Curry, author of Silver Rights: Photographs from the Mississippi Delta, the story of Mae Bertha Carter and her family's struggles as they integrated the schools in Sunflower County, Mississippi; Ms. Victoria Gray Adams, a national spokesperson for the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party during the Civil Rights Movement; Dr. Mahnaz Afkhami, president of the Women's Learning Partnership and a leader in the international women's movement; and Dr. Francine Moccio, director of the Institute for Women and Work at Cornell University's School of Industrial and Labor Relations. Dr. Height began her career as a caseworker for the welfare department in New York and joined the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW), the organization Mary McLeod Bethune founded, in 1937. She later became president of the NCNW and led it for over forty years. In the early 1960s Dr. Height helped organize "Wednesdays in Mississippi," a weekly meeting in Mississippi of prominent women -- both Black and White, from North and South -- to promote racial harmony. Her courage during those dangerous and trying times inspired many women to become active in the Civil Rights Movement. "Dr. Dorothy Height has always shown the creativity, energy, perseverance, and commitment to the long haul necessary for true leadership," said Marian Wright Edelman, president and founder of the Children's Defense Fund. "She is an inspiration and role model for other leaders today." The Role of Women in the Civil Rights Movement symposium will focus on the invaluable contribution women made in the push for human and civil rights. It will underscore the premise that each generation of women bears the "torch" of change for children and families. Black and White women who participated in the Civil Rights Movement will engage in candid dialogue about their efforts. Panelists will discuss gender and class issues in the movement and Black organizations of that era. They will also describe their strategies for outreach to organizations of African American women and recount how Black and White women organized across color lines. The symposium begins on Sunday, July 15th and concludes Monday, July 16th. The symposium will be followed by the seventh annual Samuel DeWitt Proctor Institute for Child Advocacy Ministry and Great Preachers Series. Each summer the Institute brings together clergy, faith community leaders, and child advocates for a week of spiritual renewal, character and leadership development, interracial communications, and community building. For more information about Torchbearers or the Proctor Institute for Child Advocacy Ministry, contact Gigi Hinton at 202-662-3609 or Libby Alesbury at 202-662-3508. MAKE YOUR OPINION COUNT - Click Here http://tbutton.prnewswire.com/prn/11690X08329450
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