July 30

July 30, 1924 – Rev. C. T. Vivian

C. T. Vivian receives 2013 Presidential Medal of Freedom

President Barack Obama awards the 2013 Presidential Medal of Freedom to Reverend C.T. Vivian, during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House, Nov. 20, 2013.

Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr’s friend, lieutenant and colleague in the Civil Rights Movement, the Reverend Cordy Tindell Vivian was born in Howard, Missouri on July 30, 1924. Rev. Vivian is a minister, organizer, author and has been a civil rights advocate and leader for decades.  He participated in the 1961 Freedom Rides and was named director of Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) affiliates in 1963, Rev. Vivian helped begin several civil rights organizations including (Vision, the National Anti-Klan Network and the Center for Democratic Renewal).  He was the interim President of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) in 2012.  Rev. Vivian resides in Atlanta, Georgia.