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Thu, May 04


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She Persisted: Dorothy Height (Virtual Event)

Join us for a conversation with author Kelly Starling Lyons and Dr. Thema Daley, President of the National Council of Negro Women on the legacy of Dorothy Height!

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She Persisted: Dorothy Height (Virtual Event)
She Persisted: Dorothy Height (Virtual Event)

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May 04, 2023, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

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About The Event

About the book:

Inspired by the #1 New York Times bestseller She Persisted by Chelsea Clinton and Alexandra Boiger, a chapter book series about women who spoke up and rose up against the odds–including Dorothy Height! Growing up as a Black girl in the 1920s and 1930s, Dorothy Height was denied access to a local swimming pool as well as admission to Barnard College because of her race. But she persisted in pushing for change, and became a seminal figure in both the civil rights and women’s rights movements. She went on to be awarded the prestigious Presidential Medal of Freedom. In this chapter book biography by award-winning author Kelly Starling Lyons, readers learn about the amazing life of Dorothy Height–and how she persisted.  Complete with an introduction from Chelsea Clinton, black-and-white illustrations throughout, and a list of ways that readers can follow in Dorothy Height’s footsteps and make a difference! A perfect choice for kids who love learning and teachers who want to bring inspiring women into their curriculum. And don’t miss out on the rest of the books in the She Persisted series, featuring so many more women who persisted, including Harriet Tubman, Marian Anderson, Oprah Winfrey, Ruby Bridges, and more!


About the author:

Kelly Starling Lyons ( is a founding member of The Brown Bookshelf, a teaching artist, and an award-winning children’s book author. Her mission is to center Black heroes, celebrate family, friendship, and heritage, and show all kids the stories they hold inside. Many of her books have won accolades, including a Caldecott Honor for Going Down Home with Daddy, a Geisel Honor for Ty’s Travels: Zip, Zoom, a Christopher Award for Tiara’s Hat Parade, and a Bank Street Best list for Sing a Song: How Lift Every Voice & Sing Inspired Generations. She’s the author of more than two dozen titles for young readers, including She Persisted: Coretta Scott King and the popular Jada Jones series. You can follow her on Twitter @kelstarly.

Dr. Thelma Thomas Daley is a distinguished Counselor-Educator, organization leader and Administrator, and college professor. She is an American Counseling Association Fellow, and a National Board Certified Counselor. In her career world, she completed a long successful tenure with the Baltimore County Public Schools and directed the counseling program for 163 schools. At Loyola University (MD), she served as Assistant Professor in the Graduate School and Coordinator of Clinical Experiences. She has also served as an adjunct professor at her Alma Mater, George Washington University. She served as an instructor at the Harvard University Summer Institute for Counselors. She was appointed to the National Advisory Council on Career Education under the aegis of The Secretary of Education (USOE) and became the first woman to chair The Council. She is a graduate of Bowie State University, New York University, and George Washington University. She has pursued additional study at Catholic University, American University, and the University of Maryland. Her advocacy for equity and excellence has been reflected in her many national, state, and local roles. Prior to her presidential position with NCNW, she has served as president of four national organizations. She served as the first African American president of the American School Counselor Association, representing the multitude of school counselors in the United States. Later, she broke the racial barriers when she became president of the American Counseling Association (the largest counseling association in the world) international in scope and representing a wide variety of counseling groups. She served as president of Women In Community Service (WICS), a coalition of the National Council of Jewish Women, National Council of Catholic Women, Church Women United, the Hispanic Women, and the National Council of Negro Women. WICS focused on helping girls to gain skills and jobs mainly through the Job Corps. She served as the 16th National President of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., whose purposes are to engage in cultural, educational, social action, and service activities.


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