Dorothy Cotton Oral History Interview

Dorothy Cotton talked about the early days of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, her working relationship with Dr. King and… read more

Dorothy Cotton talked about the early days of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, her working relationship with Dr. King and the impact of his assassination on the civil rights organization. As director of the Citizenship Education Program, she oversaw efforts to teach participants to read and write so they could pass voter registration literacy tests. Ms. Cotton was the only woman who was part of Martin Luther King Jr.'s inner leadership circle.

This interview was part of an oral history project on the Civil Rights Movement of the mid-20th century initiated by Congress in 2009, conducted by the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, the Library of Congress, and the Southern Oral History Program at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. The interview was conducted in Ithaca, New York, by Joseph Mosnier. close

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  • Cotton, Dorothy Foreman Education Director (Former) Southern Christian Leadership Conference
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Dorothy Cotton Oral History Interview

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Program ID:
314517-1
Category:
Public Affairs Event
Format:
Interview
Location:
Ithaca, New York, United States
First Aired:
Aug 23, 2013
Last Aired:
Sep 2, 2013

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