Dr. Dorothy Height Honored in Library Name, New Artwork Unveiled

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Dr. Dorothy Height Honored in Library Name, New Artwork Unveiled

On May 6, Mayor Vincent C. Gray was joined by Chief Librarian Ginnie Cooper, Council Member Yvette Alexander, Council Member Muriel Bowser and the National Council of Negro Women's Vice Chair Dr. Thelma Daley to celebrate renaming the Benning Neighborhood Library in honor of the late civil rights leader Dr. Dorothy Height.   A photograph of Height will be a permanent fixture in the Library.

"Today, it is my pleasure to publicly thank Dr. Height for her leadership and to say that her legacy lives on through the many people who use this and every library in the District," says Mayor Gray.

"Because libraries address many of the causes that Dr. Height considered important, it is fitting that a library bears her name," said Ginnie Cooper.

A mural entitled "Knowledge" was unveiled.   "Knowledge,” designed by Ward 7 Rik Freeman, depicts the history of the neighborhood. The new art joins a mural installed last year from Life Pieces to Masterpieces showing the importance of caring for the Anacostia River.  Both works were commissioned as part of partnership with the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities to include public art in new libraries. The two artists selected for this library are based in Ward 7. Public art can also be found at the Anacostia, Georgetown and Tenley neighborhood libraries.