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If this Hat Could Talk Remembering - Dr. Dorothy Irene Height

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Date: March 8, 2013
Contact: Joy Kinard, 202-673-2402

In recognition of Women's History Month, the Mary McLeod Bethune Council House will host a Junior Ranger program highlighting the efforts of Dr. Dorothy Irene Height as a civil rights leader the day before her birthday March 23, 2013. This event is tailored to this year's Black History Month Theme, "At the Crossroads of Freedom and Equality: The Emancipation Proclamation and the March on Washington." The Junior Ranger event named after the play on Dr. Height's life called, "If this Hat Could Talk" Remembering - Dr. Dorothy Irene Height will be held on March 23, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. Youth will be able to come learn more about the world renowned civil rights leader Dr. Dorothy I. Height through an interactive art workshop conducted by Gina Marie Lewis. Ms. Lewis holds a Masters of Fine Arts from Howard University, and is a specialist in creating watercolors, textiles and sculptures. As a professor at Bowie State University, she will teach an art class for youth on artistic techniques. Participants ages 8-11, will also learn about Dr. Height and her mentor Mary McLeod Bethune. After the workshop, participants will tour the home and met Dr. Height's hat maker and designer Ms. Vanilla Beane the owner of Bene Millinery and Bridal Supplies Hat Shop. This hat discussion will be facilitated by NPS site curatorial staff. Reservations are required.

This program is part of an ongoing series of public programs offered at the Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site and the Carter G. Woodson Home National Historic Site to promote public understanding of history & national treasures within the National Park Service. For further information, call (202) 673-2402.

Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site
1318 Vermont Ave., N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20005
(202) 673-2402
http://www.nps.gov/mamc

Did You Know?

NYA (National Youth Administration) girls' welding class. Daytona Beach, Florida. Bethune-Cookman College.

In 1939, President Franklin D. Roosevelt appointed Mary McLeod Bethune to be Director of the Office of Negro Affairs, National Youth Administration. With this appointment, Mary McLeod Bethune became the first African American woman to head a U.S. Federal Government agency.