Painting Dedication in Honor of Dr. Dorothy Cotton

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Join artist Terry Plater, library director Annette Birdsall, community leader Aloja Airewele and others as we unveil and dedicate Jewels, a painting by Terry Plater, given by an anonymous donor in honor of Dr. Dorothy Cotton.
Painting dedication, remarks, and light refreshments.

This painting was donated to the Tompkins County Public Library in honor of Dr. Dorothy Cotton (1930 – 2018). Born in Goldsboro, NC, Dr. Cotton began working for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) along with Reverend Wyatt T. Walker in the early 1960’s. She went on to became an esteemed educator and leader in the Civil Rights Movement and a member of the “inner circle” of the SCLC.  During the Carter Administration, she served as the Southeastern Regional Director for the Federal Government’s volunteer program agency, ACTION.  In 1982, she became the Director of Student Activities at Cornell University. In 1991, Dr. Cotton founded Dorothy Cotton & Associates,  a consulting firm focused on, “leadership development, individual empowerment and social change.”