Currently Dorothy Cotton is a key partner with Civic Organizing Inc., through which she launched the National Citizenship School for the 21st century. Cotton serves as a valuable consultant to many organizations, schools and corporations on a variety of topics and projects addressing women's issues, race relations, nonviolence and multiculturalism. Honors she has received for her public work include a Doctor of Humane Letters from the University of New England an a Doctor of Humane Letters from Spelman College.
As a speaker, Cotton translates years of thought, learning, and experience into words and songs which bear messages of struggle and hope. With the gift of a storyteller, she breathes life into history, a history of which she was a vital part. She synthesizes the lessons from our history into a working vision for the future.
Dorothy Cotton is the Athenaeum's 14th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. speaker. Distinguished speakers participating in past celebrations have included Reverend Jesse Jackson, Myrlie Evers, James Farmer, Julian Bond, Reverend Wyatt Tee Walker, and Judge Constance Baker Motley.