On March 17, the echo of more than 100 singers filled the historic Carnegie Hall in New York City as the Dorothy Cotton Jubilee Singers, Fisk Jubilee Singers and three high school singing groups merged on stage to perform several pieces.
The Dorothy Cotton Jubilee Singers is a group of community singers in Ithaca, founded and directed by Baruch Whitehead, associate professor of music education at Ithaca College. The group of 75 singers include 23 current IC students and three alumni.
The group is named after Dorothy Cotton, an Ithaca resident and civil rights pioneer who worked alongside Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. when she served as education director for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. Cotton passed away in 2018.
“Dorothy Cotton often used music to bring people together and to tear down walls and build bridges,” Whitehead said.