Rev. C.T. Vivian Honored at Georgia Capitol Ahead Of Funeral

Amanda Cooper
July 22, 2020 - 11:31 pm
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Many gathered under the gold dome on Wednesday as the State of Georgia honored Rev. C.T. Vivian.

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The civil rights leader laid in state at the Georgia Capitol, making him the first non elected African-American man to be granted that honor. Rep Vernon Jones led the ceremony and featured speakers included his son Al Vivian, longtime friend Dr. Gerald Durley, and Governor Brian Kemp, who referred to Rev. Vivian as a "bold leader" and "nice man."

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The beloved leader known to many as the "Quiet Warrior" was born in Missouri and helped found the Nashville Christian Leadership Conference. He helped organize the first sit-ins in Nashville in 1960 and the first civil rights march in 1961. He moved to Atlanta in the 1970s, and in 2013, President Barack Obama named him a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Vivian laid in repose in the rotunda at the Georgia State Capitol, where the Georgia flag covered his casket.

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Following the ceremony, his casket was carried by a horse-drawn carriage from the Capitol, down Piedmont Road, to the Southern Christian Leadership Conference on Auburn Ave, where he once served as national director, and lastly The Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Park.

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The 95-year-old was a friend and confidant of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and a central figure of the civil rights movement. His private funeral service is today at Providence Missionary Baptist Church and can be viewed through its website.