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Proclamation Honors the Life and Legacy of Civil Rights Pioneer Dorothy Cotton

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Proclamation Honors the Life and Legacy of Civil Rights Pioneer Dorothy Cotton

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

The Legislature, through a proclamation from Vice Chair Anna Kelles, honored the life and many contributions of the beloved late local civil rights and Tompkins County community leader Dr. Dorothy Foreman Cotton, prior to the community-wide celebration of her life August 11th.  The proclamation pays tribute to Dr. Cotton’s service as a prominent leader in the human and civil rights movement from the 1960s (when she served with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as the highest-ranking female member in the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, as Director of its Citizenship Education Program) through the end of her life.  The proclamation states that “we in Tompkins County have been blessed and honored to share in Dr. Cotton’s wisdom, teachings, love, and support—an act made most significant after her passing away June 10, 2018.”

The Legislature “celebrates with the highest regard the life of Dr. Dorothy Foreman Cotton and acknowledges her legacy of unyielding service to humanity,…expresses its members’ admiration for ‘the seriousness and devotion with which [she} held [her] noble charge,” and urges all county residents to remember Dorothy Cotton’s “many contributions to the civil rights movement and to the cause of social justice and equality here in Tompkins County.”