Civil rights leader C.T. Vivian will be laid to rest on Thursday (July 23) in Atlanta, Georgia. Taking place at Providence Missionary Baptist Church, the late activist’s funeral is from 11 a.m. ET/8 a.m. PT to 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT.
One of Dr. Martin Luther King’s key advisors, Vivian staged sit-ins, participated in the Montgomery bus boycott, and helped organize the Freedom Riders movement.
Vivian continued to advocate for equality in old age. In 2008, he founded the C.T. Vivian Leadership Institute aimed at “training and educating the new generation of grassroots leaders.” In 2013, Former President Barack Obama awarded him with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Vivian also consulted Obama, Lyndon B. Johnson, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, and Bill Clinton on civil rights matters during their presidencies.