Dorothy Cotton, a civil rights pioneer who worked closely with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., and later served as an administrator at Cornell University died Sunday in Ithaca.
Cotton was among a handful of women on the executive staff of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference during the civil rights era, and she led the Atlanta-based civil rights group’s Citizenship Education Program. According to her biography, she became one of King’s closest colleagues while she served as national director of education for more than a decade. Her funeral arrangements will be announced soon.
Dorothy Cotton was 88.