Film, Video Dorothy Foreman Cotton oral history interview conducted by Joseph Mosnier in Ithaca, New York, 2011-07-25.

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Title
Dorothy Foreman Cotton oral history interview conducted by Joseph Mosnier in Ithaca, New York, 2011-07-25.
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
Civil Rights History Project (U.S.) (Creator)
Mosnier, Joseph (Interviewer)
Cotton, Dorothy F., 1930- (Interviewee)
Created / Published
Ithaca, New York, None 2011, 7
Subject Headings
-  Civil rights movements--United States
-  African American civil rights workers--Interviews
-  Southern Christian Leadership Conference
-  African American college students--Interviews
-  Voter registration--Georgia
-  Civil rights movements--United States--Songs and music
-  Jenkins, Esau, 1910-1972
-  King, Martin Luther, Jr., 1929-1968
-  Young, Andrew, 1932-
-  Abernathy, Ralph, 1926-1990
-  Walker, Wyatt Tee
-  Clark, Septima Poinsette, 1898-1987
-  Citizenship Education Program
-  Daniel, Robert Prentiss, 1902-1968
-  Interviews
-  Filmed interviews
-  Oral histories
-  United States -- New York -- Ithaca
Genre
Interviews
Filmed interviews
Oral histories
Notes
-  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.
-  Biographical History: 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.
-  Acquisition Note: 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.
-  Existence and Location of Copies: Copies of items are also held at the National Museum of African American History and Culture (U.S.).
-  Conditions Governing Access: 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
-  Related Archival Materials: Artifacts associated with the interview are at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.
Medium
8 video files of 8 (HD, Apple ProRes 422 HQ, QuickTime wrapper) (133 min.) : digital, sound, color. 1 transcript (66 pages)
Call Number/Physical Location
afc2010039_crhp0040_cotton_transcript.docx
afc2010039_crhp0040_mv01.mov
afc2010039_crhp0040_mv02.mov
afc2010039_crhp0040_mv03.mov
afc2010039_crhp0040_mv04.mov
afc2010039_crhp0040_mv05.mov
afc2010039_crhp0040_mv06.mov
afc2010039_crhp0040_mv07.mov
afc2010039_crhp0040_mv08.mov
Source Collection
Civil Rights History Project, (U.S.) (AFC 2010/039)
Repository
American Folklife Center
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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Description
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:

Civil Rights History Project, U.S, Joseph Mosnier, and Dorothy F Cotton. Dorothy Foreman Cotton oral history interview conducted by Joseph Mosnier in Ithaca, New York, 2011-07-25. Ithaca, New York, None , 7, 2011. Video. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/afc2010039_crhp0040/. (Accessed January 19, 2018.)

APA citation style:

Civil Rights History Project, U. S., Mosnier, J. & Cotton, D. F. (2011) Dorothy Foreman Cotton oral history interview conducted by Joseph Mosnier in Ithaca, New York, 2011-07-25. Ithaca, New York, None , 7. [Video] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/afc2010039_crhp0040/.

MLA citation style:

Civil Rights History Project, U.S, Joseph Mosnier, and Dorothy F Cotton. Dorothy Foreman Cotton oral history interview conducted by Joseph Mosnier in Ithaca, New York, 2011-07-25. Ithaca, New York, None , 7, 2011. Video. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <https://www.loc.gov/item/afc2010039_crhp0040/>.