A Memorial Celebration for Civil Rights Icon, Dorothy F. Cotton
The Dorothy Cotton Jubilee Singers (DCJS) will give the Dorothy Cotton Memorial Concert of Negro Spirituals at 7 p.m. at the Trinity Episcopal Church (2217 Columbia Pike) Arlington, Virginia.
The concert is in honor of Dorothy Cotton, the civil rights activist who served as education director for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference alongside Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. She often delivered her messages of freedom and hope through music.
“The DCJS, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit, Ithaca-based organization dedicated to preserving the Negro Spiritual and its themes of sorrow, despair, and hope to promote racial healing and social justice,” says Founding Director Dr. Baruch Whitehead associate professor of music education at Ithaca College.
“This memorial concert is in recognition of Dorothy’s life’s work as we continue to promote her legacy of furthering the message of freedom and hope through music.”
DCJS has more than 85 members, including some 20 Ithaca College voice students, who perform many of the solos, alongside community members of different ages (11 to 81), heritages and backgrounds.
The diverse chorus performs far and wide, from Rochester, Buffalo and Toronto to Harlem, Brooklyn and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C., where they will perform again in 2020.
The program is made possible in part by a grant from the Tompkins County Tourism Program and with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by the Community Arts Partnership of Tompkins County.
The concert is free with suggested donations.