Center for Transformative Action: Dorothy Cotton
The Dorothy Cotton Institute (DCI) is one of the newest projects of the Center for Transformative Action. The DCI envisions the full realization of a just and peaceful Beloved Community in which all people understand, respect, protect and exercise full human rights. We believe that with a global community of human rights leadership, and a well informed, inspired and motivated population, in the United States and elsewhere, the goal of human rights for all can be achieved.
Ms. Dorothy Cotton is a civil rights leader, activist, and educator who was the National Director of Education for twelve years at the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), and worked closely with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. From 1960 to 1968 she led the Citizenship Education Program (CEP), which trained and empowered disenfranchised citizens while developing local leadership in the South and promoting nonviolent social change. The now famous CEP is credited with helping to overthrow the Jim Crow laws in the South.
In the early 1980s Ms. Cotton moved to Ithaca, NY to take on a role at Cornell University. Here she has become the inspiration for the Dorothy Cotton Institute.