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Dorothy Cotton Institute 1st Annual Gala and Dinner

on Fri, 12/09/2016 - 19:12


On Thursday, December 8, New Roots was honored as the first school in the United States to be certified as a human rights friendly school by the Dorothy Cotton Institute (DCI) and Human Rights Educators USA.  The award was presented at The Dorothy Cotton Institute (DCI) 2016 Gala celebrating International Human Rights Day.  Principal Tina Nilsen-Hodges, upper school social studies teacher Audrey Southern, and students from the Students of Color Unity Club attended the gala to receive the award.  One highlight of the evening was the opportunity to meet Dr. Dorothy Cotton!

The DCI is an organization with a mission to build global community for human rights leadership founded in honor of civil rights leader Dr. Dorothy Cotton. Held at the Statler Hotel from 6pm-9:30pm, the gala featured a presentation of the Dorothy F. Cotton Poetry Award by the Tompkins County Office of Human Rights. Soffiyah Elijah, director of  Alliance of Families for Justice, was scheduled to be the guest speaker. The gala also included raffle prizes, and music by Molly MacMillan Jazz Trio and Elbonee “SingTrece” Stevens.