Civil Rights Pioneer to Speak at Graduation

Longtime civil rights leader and humanitarian Dorothy Height will be the commencement speaker at the University of Maryland graduation ceremony at 1 p.m. Dec. 22 in the new Comcast Center on the College Park campus.

The 90-year-old Height is a 1932 graduate of New York University and is one of the nation's most honored civil rights leaders. She is known for her decades-long work on behalf of the less fortunate around the world. Taking on issues such as desegregating the armed forces, making sure all Americans had full access to public transportation and preventing lynches.

Elected president of the National Council of Negro Women in 1957, Height was a part of virtually every civil and human rights event of the 1960s, standing alongside the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., Ralph David Abernathy and other leaders.

Before retiring in 1996, she was instrumental in securing funds for a headquarters for the National Council of Negro Women in Washington. The Dorothy L. Height Leadership Institute is housed there today.

Christmas Show at Catholic School

Students at St. Mary's School in Landover Hills will present a Christmas program at 2 p.m. Sunday in the school gym. The highlights include performances by the school choir, the school band and a dance troupe.

The public is invited. Call St. Mary's School, 301-577-0031. The school is near the Capital Beltway, Exit 20B, at 7207 Annapolis Rd.

-- Willie Pugh

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