Film, Video Dorothy Foreman Cotton oral history interview conducted by Joseph Mosnier in Ithaca, New York,

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Title
Dorothy Foreman Cotton oral history interview conducted by Joseph Mosnier in Ithaca, New York,
Summary
Dorothy Foreman Cotton discusses growing up in rural North Carolina, attending Shaw University and Virginia State College, working as a housekeeper for the president of these colleges, Dr. Robert Prentiss Daniel, and meeting her husband, George Cotton. She discusses attending the Gillfield Baptist Church in Petersburg, Virginia, working with pastor Wyatt T. Walker on organizing civil rights protests and meetings, and meeting Martin Luther King, Jr. She moved to Atlanta to assist Walker in his work with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, where she became Director of Education for the organization. At the Highlander Folk School, she met Septima Clark and Esau Jenkins and led the Citizenship Education Program. She also discusses the impact of King's assassination on the movement and the philosophy of nonviolence.
Contributor Names
Cotton, Dorothy F., 1930-2018, interviewee.
Mosnier, Joseph, interviewer.
Civil Rights History Project (U.S.)
Created / Published
2011.
Subject Headings
-  Abernathy, Ralph,--1926-1990
-  Clark, Septima Poinsette,--1898-1987
-  Cotton, Dorothy F.,--1930-2018--Interviews
-  Daniel, Robert Prentiss,--1902-1968
-  Jenkins, Esau,--1910-1972
-  King, Martin Luther,--Jr.,--1929-1968
-  Walker, Wyatt Tee
-  Young, Andrew,--1932
-  Citizenship Education Program
-  Southern Christian Leadership Conference
-  African American civil rights workers.--Interviews
-  African American college students--Interviews
-  Civil rights movements--United States--Songs and music
-  Civil rights movements--United States
-  Voter registration--Georgia
-  Ithaca (N.Y.)--event place
Genre
Filmed Interviews
Interviews
Oral histories
Notes
-  Recorded in Ithaca, New York, on July 25, 2011.
-  Civil Rights History Project Collection (AFC 2010/039), Archive of Folk Culture, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
-  Copies of items are also held at the National Museum of African American History and Culture (U.S.).
-  Dorothy Cotton was born in 1930 in Goldsboro, North Carolina and married George Junius Cotton in 1955. She attended Shaw University, Virginia State College, and Boston University. She worked as a civil rights worker, leader, and educator.
-  The Civil Rights History Project is a joint project of the American Folklife Center, Library of Congress and the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of African American History and Culture to collect video and audio recordings of personal histories and testimonials of individuals who participated in the Civil Rights movement.
-  In English.
-  Finding aid http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.afc/eadafc.af013005
Medium
1 transcript (66 pages).
8 video files of 8 (HD, Apple ProRes 422 HQ, QuickTime wrapper) (133 min.) : digital, sound, color.
Source Collection
Civil Rights History Project collection AFC 2010/039: XXXX
Repository
Library of Congress Archive of Folk Culture, American Folklife Center, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, DC USA 20540-4610 http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.afc/folklife.home
Library of Congress Control Number
2015669139
Access Advisory
Collection is open for research. Access to recordings may be restricted. To request materials, please contact the Folklife Reading Room at http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.afc/folklife.contact
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Dorothy Foreman Cotton discusses growing up in rural North Carolina, attending Shaw University and Virginia State College, working as a housekeeper for the president of these colleges, Dr. Robert Prentiss Daniel, and meeting her husband, George Cotton. She discusses attending the Gillfield Baptist Church in Petersburg, Virginia, working with pastor Wyatt T. Walker on organizing civil rights protests and meetings, and meeting Martin Luther King, Jr. She moved to Atlanta to assist Walker in his work with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, where she became Director of Education for the organization. At the Highlander Folk School, she met Septima Clark and Esau Jenkins and led the Citizenship Education Program. She also discusses the impact of King's assassination on the movement and the philosophy of nonviolence.
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Chicago citation style:

Cotton, Dorothy F., Interviewee, Joseph Mosnier, and U.S Civil Rights History Project. Dorothy Foreman Cotton oral history interview conducted by Joseph Mosnier in Ithaca, New York. 2011. Video. https://www.loc.gov/item/2015669139/.

APA citation style:

Cotton, D. F., Mosnier, J. & Civil Rights History Project, U. S. (2011) Dorothy Foreman Cotton oral history interview conducted by Joseph Mosnier in Ithaca, New York. [Video] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/2015669139/.

MLA citation style:

Cotton, Dorothy F., Interviewee, Joseph Mosnier, and U.S Civil Rights History Project. Dorothy Foreman Cotton oral history interview conducted by Joseph Mosnier in Ithaca, New York. 2011. Video. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/2015669139/>.