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C. T. (Cordy Tindell) Vivian interview (Part 2)

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Merritt, Carole


In these separate interviews, Reverend C.T. (Cordy Tindell) Vivian discusses his involvement in the Civil Rights Movement during the 1960s. Vivian was involved in civil rights activities throughout several Southern cities. He played a significant role in voters’ registration in Nashville, Tennessee, and the desegregation of the beaches in St. Augustine, Florida. Vivian ends the interview by discussing non-violent themes and how the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) challenged radical violence that was characteristic of Mississippi on a national level.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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