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September 30, 2015

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DOROTHY COTTON
DOROTHY COTTON

Earlier today, we asked our Black Mail Readers who was the highest ranking African American female working for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  during the civil rights movement.  THE ANSWER IS:  DOROTHY COTTON.  The following info about her life was taken from her website:  http://www.dorothycotton.com

“From 1960 to 1968, Dr. Dorothy Cotton was the Education Director for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). In that capacity, she worked closely with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and other civil rights leaders, directing the Citizenship Education Program (CEP).  As the Education Director she was considered one of the highest ranking women with the SCLC. She accompanied Dr. King when he received the Nobel Prize for Peace in Norway.  On April 4, 1968 she was at the Lorraine Motel in room 307 next door to Dr. Kings’ room, the day of his assassination.  After Dr. King’s death, she served as the Vice President for Field Operations for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change in Atlanta, Georgia where she was a leader and senior trainer for the Center in areas nonviolence and empowerment for leadership”

Trivia Question: Who Was The Highest Ranking African American Female Working for Martin Luther King, Jr ?

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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Who was the highest ranking African American female working for Dr. King during the civil rights movement?  Take your best guess!  Answer will be posted at 6pm EST.

A)Dorothy Height

B)Ella Baker

C)Coretta Scott-King

D)Dorothy Cotton

Angela Davis Quote

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What a powerful statement coming from Angela Davis!

Angela Davis

“It is both humiliating and humbling to discover that a single generation after the events that constructed me as a public personality, I am remembered as a hairdo.”

-Angela Davis.

 

Angela Davis

Vinnette Carroll: 1st Black Woman To Direct A Broadway Play

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Vinnette Carroll
Vinnette Carroll

Vinnette Carroll (1922-2002) achieved an accomplishment that no other African American female has matched to date. She is currently the only black woman to ever be nominated for a Tony Award for directing. She is also the first black woman to direct a Broadway play. Carroll was born in New York City but lived in Jamaica until the age of 10. Her parents placed a high value on education and her father’s desire was that she become a doctor. She decided to pursue the field of psychology; eventually working towards a Ph.D in psychology at Columbia University.

However, Carroll never completed her Ph.D. In 1946 she began studying drama and theater at New School of Social Research. Though she continued her studies in psychology; drama and theater became her primary focus. In 1972, she made history by directing the gospel revue, “Don’t Bother Me, I Can’t Cope” on Broadway. The production earned 4 Tony award nominations; including Carroll being nominated for Best Director For A Musical. In 1976 she earned another Tony Award nomination for Best Director for “Your Arms To Short To Box With God”. She retired in 1980 and operated a theater company in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Carroll never married or had children. She died in Florida in 2002 at age 80.

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