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1981-07-29, Dorothy Cotton Interviewee: Atlanta, Georgia
Tom Dent continues his interview with Dorothy Cotton. She continues her assessment of Andrew Young. She and Dent both discuss their complete trust in him and Young's close relationship with Martin Luther King, Jr. They also discuss Hosea Williams and James Bevel.
00:00 - Tom Dent continues to interview Dorothy Cotton. Cotton continues to give her assessment of Andrew Young. She talks about being open to the guidance of the spiritual force which runs the universe, and Young has felt called to serve humanity. She completely trusts his decision-making. She talks about the process of getting to know Young when he first came to work with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.02:29 - Cotton talks about the work Young did at the United Nations. She thinks people are coming to understand what good work he did there. He is open to guidance from prayer. 04:00 - Others advised him against going to the U.N. She feels kinship with the way Young makes decisions. She is happy he is doing what he does. What happens around him is always good.06:52 - Dent talks about his own trust in Young. He talks about John Buffington, and Buffington's assessment of Young.10:20 - Cotton talks Young liking different types of music, both Rachmaninoff and Muddy Waters. Dent talks about his friendship with Young, and Young's friendship with Martin Luther King, Jr. Cotton confirms the closeness between Young and King, who said 'Andy takes grave matters lightly.' King was also close to Ralph Abernathy, but their relationships were different. 14:40 - Hosea Williams resented Young for his closeness with King. More on Williams's personality and how he interacted with King.16:50 - They discuss James Bevel. Dent thinks he has not gotten the credit he deserved. Cotton thinks his own behavior is to blame. She talks about the strength of his nonviolence message and an incident where he did not show up for a scheduled event with Coretta King.[Recording ends 21:23.]
Young, Andrew, 1932-
Civil Rights Movement
King, Martin Luther, Jr., 1929-1968
New Orleans (La.)
Tulane University Digital Library
Amistad Research Center
Audiocassette, mono. 16-bit
Box 140, Item 15, Side 1, Tom Dent collection, Amistad Research Center at Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana
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