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Fierce Woman Feature – Dorothy Cotton

This Monday we celebrated the life, work, and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King. I’d like to take a moment and praise the highest ranking woman in the Civil Rights Movement and Director of Education/Training for the SCLC (Center for Civil Rights Movement). She trained thousands of activists to participate in nonviolent action, voter rights efforts and basic learning skills. Ms. Cotton epitomized the Fierce Woman term. After helping to organize SCLC.’s night marches against segregation in St. Augustine, Fla, she recalled, “That was about the roughest city we’ve had — 45 straight nights of beatings and intimidation,” she said in an interview for the book “Sing for Freedom: The Story of the Civil Rights Movement Through Its Songs” (2007), edited by Candie and Guy Carawan. “The Klan was always waiting for us — these folks with the chains and bricks and things.” Let’s all take time today or this week to learn more about the women who so significantly influence the civil rights movement, expanding the reach, depth and impact of Dr. King’s work. See here for a NYT article on Ms. Cotton, and a link to her justice and anti-racism legacy through the Dorothy Cotton Institute. Ms. Cotton died in 2018 at the age of 88.

Candance Chow – Founder of NextGroup