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C. T. (Cordy Tindell) Vivian interview

@ Atlanta History Center

Merritt, Carole


In this interview, Reverend C.T. (Cordy Tindell) Vivian provides experiences as a child and young adult that encouraged his involvement in the non-violent approach to resistance and change. He describes his first consciousness of race relations, talks about the interrelationships of family, and recalls the reasons why he became a minister. Vivian ends the interview by defining his view of the character of a great leader.Dr. Reverend Cordy Tindell Vivian, known as C. T. Vivian (1924- ), was born in Booneville, Missouri. He is a minister, author, and was a close friend and lieutenant of Martin Luther King, Jr. during the Civil Rights Movement. His family moved to Illinois when he was six and they lived in a poor integrated neighborhood. Vivian attended seminary at American Baptist College in Nashville, Tennessee. In 2008, Vivian founded and incorporated the C. T. Vivian Leadership Institute, Inc. (CTVLI) in Atlanta, Georgia. He also received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2013.
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