Dorothy Cotton, pictured at a press conference at the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tenn., was the educational director for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in the civil rights era. She has died at 88.

Civil Rights Leader Dorothy Cotton Dies In Ithaca At 88

Cotton was the education director of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, former director of student activities at Cornell, and worked alongside Martin Luther King Jr. She focused on empowering ordinary people to exercise their rights.