Press Release ● Human and Civil Rights
For Immediate Release: 
June 12, 2018
Contact Info: 
Mariel Saez 202-225-3130
WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today on the passing of Civil Rights Movement pioneer Dorothy Cotton:

“I was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Dorothy Cotton.  She was a seminal figure in the Civil Rights Movement and made it her life’s work to educate Americans about the equality that our Constitution guarantees and the equal dignity that our humanity demands.  As educational director for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Dorothy led the organization’s efforts to teach African Americans about their rights as citizens and how to stand up and speak out for equal treatment at the polling place, in the classroom, in the workplace, and in every part of our society. 

"I was privileged to travel with her on a number of occasions as part of the Faith and Politics Institute’s annual Civil Rights Pilgrimage, and I will treasure the memories I have of Dorothy.  I join in mourning her life of service above self and in expressing my condolences to her family and to all who worked closely with her in pursuit of justice.”