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November 14 2006

Operation HOPE Honors Dr. Dorothy Height in a Room Dedication Ceremony

( Washington, DC ) – November 14, 2006 – Civil Rights legend Dr. Dorothy Height was honored at a room dedication ceremony today in front of a standing-room-only audience at the Operation HOPE Center in Anacostia on October 25. Dr. Height was celebrated for her unerring work towards the Civil Rights Movement, her work as chair and president emeritus of the National Council of Negro Women to inspire women of all races, and for her ongoing work with Operation HOPE to bring Silver Rights – HOPE’s movement for economic empowerment, to underserved communities worldwide.

“We celebrate the path of civic duty Dr. Height has walked throughout her life. For over a half century, Dr. Height has given leadership to the struggle for equality and human rights for all people. We should all take note and follow her example; keep in mind, your life may be the only bible some people ever read.,” Operation HOPE Founder, Chairman, and CEO John Hope Bryant said to the audience as he unveiled a portrait of Dr. Height. The portrait will hang in the conference room named in her honor.

Washington, DC Mayor Williams sent Dr. Christine Warnke, the chair of the D.C. Commission on Women, to read his letter commemorating Dr. Height for her dedication to civil justice. Ward 8 Councilman Barry and Councilmember Carol Schwartz, At-Large Council also addressed the crowd and thanked her for her civil rights efforts. HOPE clients, Johnetta Kelly, Catherine Barber, and Angela Bailey provided inspirational testimonies from their life changing experiences after completing center programs.

Dr. Height, who was noticeably moved by the tribute remarked, “It is for Operation HOPE and organizations like HOPE that I rise every morning to continue the movement for parity, justice and empowerment for those less fortunate. Being recognized by those that you care for and respect is such an honor. We have to remember that we must all do whatever we can. By serving the community we are strengthening the quality of life, not just for others, but for ourselves as well.”