This is a community announcement from the Dorothy Cotton Jubilee Singers. It was not written by The Ithaca Voice. To submit community announcements, please send them to Matt Butler at

The Dorothy Cotton Jubilee Singers (DCJS) will be coming to Ithaca College’s Ford Hall again for the first time since the COVID‐19 pandemic! We are so excited to present a concert full of some of our standard repertoire, some songs of the Season, and some amazing new pieces. Come to Ford Hall on December 10th at 3:00 PM and see the amazing talent our group has to offer!

The DCJS, a 501(c)(3) not‐for‐profit, Ithaca‐based organization of dozens of singers from throughout Tompkins County, including more than a dozen Ithaca College music majors, is dedicated to preserving the Negro Spiritual and its themes of sorrow, despair, and hope to promote racial healing and social justice.

The group, led by Founding Director Dr. Baruch Whitehead, Associate Professor of Music Education at Ithaca College, is named in honor of the late Ithaca resident, Dr. 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.