Most Gracious and Heavenly Father,
I come to the throne giving You thanks and praising Your name. Father, keep me close to You. Father, I ask that You wrap Your loving arms around me. Penetrate my mind and continue to keep me whole. Father, anything that is not of You dwelling in me, remove it swiftly without any harm or danger. On the hard days, please continue to hold me up. On the days I think it is easy, let my heart and mind not forget to remain humble. Continue to be my benefactor, providing all of my needs. Anything that is not for me, do not allow it to come in my presence or anything connected to me. Anyone coming against me, Father, be my shield of protection and continue to fight my battles. Most gracious and heavenly Father, continue to heal my body. Walk me in the doors of thriving, favored, and positive atmospheres. In Jesus' name, amen.
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Dorothy Hollingsworth grew up in North Carolina in the 1920s and 1930s. She moved to Seattle in 1946 with her husband, who had earlier been stationed at Fort Lewis. Through her involvement with the YWCA and her sorority, Delta Sigma Theta, Hollingsworth quickly became involved with open housing discussions sponsored by the Christian Friends for Racial Equality (CFRE). She worked as a social worker throughout the 1950s and 1960s, focusing in particular on education issues in Seattle’s Central District.
Hollingsworth began to take on increasingly active civic responsibilities in the 1960s: as the first director of Seattle’s Head Start program, as a consultant to Sesame Street, a participant in the Central Area Civil Rights Committee (CACRC), and Deputy Director of Planning for the Seattle Model Cities program. In 1975, Hollingsworth became the first black woman elected to Seattle’s School Board, and during her six years on the Board she helped oversee the implementation of Seattle’s busing program. In 1984, she was elected to the State Board of Education, serving until 1993. She is currently on the Board of Seattle Central Community College.