Dorothy F. Cotton of Ithaca, NY, one of Martin Luther King Jr.'s, closest aides, died Sunday, June 10, 2018. She was 88.
In Atlanta, Cotton is remembered for her role at the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, established by King. She was the SCLC national director of education from 1963 until King's assassination in 1968.
Cotton is perhaps best known for her work with King and the SCLC, but she was much broader than that.
After leaving the SCLC in the early 1970s, Cotton moved into academia in New York and continued to be active in the civil rights movement, although she faded from the civil rights conversation.
Burial will be private. A memorial service to celebrate Dorothy's life and legacy will be held in the coming months with details to follow:Bangs Funeral Home
in Ithaca, NY is handling arrangements.
Memorial donations may be made to:Virginia State University Library Archives, The Dorothy Cotton Collection
P.O. Box 9406, Petersburg, VA 23806
ORThe Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Non-Violent Change
449 Auburn Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA 30312Read more about Dorothy F. Cotton on ajc.com