C.T. Vivian Honored with Presidential Medal of Freedom

Congratulations to Rev. Vivian! He was honored with one of the prestigious Presidential Medals of Freedom awards this year for his lifetime of work in civil rights. Established in 1963, the Presidential Medal of Freedom recognizes those individuals who have made “an especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the United States, world peace, cultural or other significant public or private endeavors”. Rev. Vivian graced the Center for Nonviolence & Peace studies for two weeks in June as a distinguished senior trainer for the International Nonviolence Summer Institute and inspired each of us with his stories and insight about the early civil rights movements where he was a leader and a close colleague of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. A distinguished minister, organizer, and author, Rev. Vivian participated in the Freedom Rides and other major movements in the 60’s, such as Nashville, Birmingham, and Selma, as well as founding numerous civil rights organizations. In 2012 he served as interim President of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). We’re proud of you, Rev. Vivian – you are most deserving! LEARN MORE