Rev. C.T. Vivian: Created Upward Bound Educational Program

Civil Rights Leader Dead at 95

Maria Boynton
July 17, 2020 - 1:32 pm
Longtime Civil Rights Leader Rev. C.T. Vivian has died.

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Rev. C.T. Vivian was born Cordy Tyndell Vivian on July 28, 1924. The Civil Rights Leader died Friday morning of natural causes according to his friend and business partner Don Rivers.

Vivian: King was the Greatest Man of the 20th Century

Vivian worked closely with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and later helmed the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) which was founded by Dr. King. His works stretched back more than 60 years.  Vivian told me in a recent interview “the idea was that we would end racism, everything that we did was about ending racism.” Following the Selma Movement, Vivian created and launched the educational program Vision Program which provided for hundreds of students to attend college. It would eventually become known as Upward Bound. Viviane told me why he and Dr. King were so proud of Vision “it was a program that made it possible for almost everybody to go to college that desired it. Not just black Americans but everyone.”

Vivian died at his home in Atlanta. He was 95.