The Dorothy Cotton Jubilee Singers (DCJS) will present an afternoon of Negro Spirituals at 4 p.m., Sunday, March 24 at the St. Paul’s AME Zion Church, 610 E. Eagle St., Buffalo, N.Y.
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 Dorothy Cotton’s message of freedom and hope through music.
DCJS has more than 90 members, including some 20 Ithaca College voice students, who perform many of the solos, alongside community members of different ages (11 to 81), heritages and backgrounds. It is led by Founding Director Dr. Baruch Whitehead associate professor of music education at Ithaca College.
The diverse chorus performs locally and throughout the region; the singers have performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., the Clemens Center in Elmira, and in Rochester, Buffalo, Toronto, Harlem and Brooklyn. They will perform in Goldsboro, N.C., and again at the Kennedy Center in May 2019.
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 Dorothy Cotton Jubilee Singers sponsors include The Community Arts Partnership, The Kraut Family Fund of the Community Foundation, The Hess Legacy Fund of the Community Foundation and The Tompkins County Tourism Program.
The concert is free with suggested donations.