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ITHACA, N.Y. — The Dorothy Cotton Jubilee Singers (DCJS) will present an afternoon of Negro Spirituals at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27, in Kulp Auditorium at Ithaca High School.

The DCJS, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit, Ithaca-based organization, is dedicated to preserving the Negro Spiritual and its themes of sorrow, despair, and hope to promote racial healing and social justice; and to furthering civil rights leader (and longtime Ithaca resident) Dorothy Cotton’s message of freedom and hope through music.

DCJS has 100 members, including two dozen Ithaca College voice students, who perform many of the solos, alongside community members of different ages (18 to 82), heritages and backgrounds. It is led by Founding Director Dr. Baruch Whitehead, associate professor of music education at Ithaca College.

The diverse chorus performs throughout the region; the singers will return to the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C., in May 2020; they’ll also perform in Utica Nov. 10 and in Saratoga April 5. And new this fall is the Dorothy Cotton Youth Singers, which invites singers ages 8-18.

The group is named in honor of the late Ithaca resident Dorothy Cotton, the civil rights pioneer who served as education director for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference alongside Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. She often delivered her messages of freedom and hope through music.

The concert is free with suggested donations. Full concert schedule here.

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