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Civil rights leader and activist Dorothy Cotton has died

By Britni Danielle,

Dorothy Cotton, a civil rights leader and activist who worked side-by-side with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., passed away at her home at the Kendal at Ithaca retirement community on Sunday afternoon. She was 88.

Cotton, an adviser to Dr. King, was one of the few women in a leadership position at the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), serving as the educational director from 1960-68 and running the citizen’s education program, which encouraged Black Americans to exercise their right to vote.

A fearless advocate of equal rights for African-Americans, Cotton worked tirelessly in the South to push for desegregation and voting rights.


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