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Dorothy Cotton (1930–2018)

Dorothy Cotton was born on June 9, 1930 in Goldsboro, North Carolina, USA as Dorothy Lee Forman. She was married to George Cotton. She died on June 10, 2018 in Ithaca, New York, USA. See full bio »


(age 88) in Ithaca, New York, USA

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Soundtrack for a Revolution Herself - Interviewee
Tavis Smiley Herself
Martin Luther King Jr.: Marked Man Herself - Civil Rights Leader


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 2009 Soundtrack for a Revolution (Documentary) (courtesy: "Wade in the Water") / (performer: "Wade in the Water")
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 2018 Martin Luther King Jr.: Marked Man (TV Movie documentary)
Herself - Civil Rights Leader (as Dorothy F. Cotton)
 2010 American Experience (TV Series documentary)
- Roads to Memphis (2010) ... Herself
 2009 Soundtrack for a Revolution (Documentary)
Herself - Interviewee
 2008 King (TV Movie documentary)
 2007-2008 Tavis Smiley (TV Series)
- Episode dated 3 April 2008 (2008) ... Herself
- Episode dated 15 January 2007 (2007) ... Herself

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Dorothy F. Cotton

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This was about the roughest city we've had -- 45 straight nights of beatings and intimidation. In church every night we'd see people sitting there with bandages on. Some would sit with shotguns between their legs ...We sang before every night we went out to get up our courage ... After we were attacked we'd come back to the church, and somehow always we'd come back bleeding, and singing. [... See more »


She was an important figure in the Southern Christian Leadership Conference; she led a program that educated thousands of African Americans on their basic rights of citizenship. Along with Septima Clark and Andrew Young, she led five-day workshops in which African Americans studied the U.S. Constitution and African American history, and learned how to read a voting ballot and organize credit ... See more »

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