It is with heavy hearts that we extend our sincerest condolences to the family of the late Rev. C.T. Vivian, with whom we had the pleasure of meeting and working with on a truly divine project with our dear friend and brother the late @bigtommyford. He extended his home to us to film and it was an eye opening experience to see his collection of books and civil rights artifacts! If you do not know who Rev. C.T. Vivian was he was an early and key advisor to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. who organized pivotal campaigns in the civil rights movement and spent decades after advocating for justice and equality, King made Vivian his national director of affiliates at the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and sent him around the South to register voters, an effort that brought Vivian to Selma in 1965. Standing on the Dallas County courthouse steps as a line of Black people stretched down the block behind him, he argued for their voting rights until Clark's punch knocked him flat.
Vivian stood back up and kept talking before he was stitched up and jailed, and his mistreatment helped draw thousands of protesters, whose determination to march from Selma to Montgomery pressured Congress to pass the Voting Rights Act later that year. Rest in Heaven as we honor the transition of another one of our ancestors! 🙏🏾 #melasmedia #civilrights #humanrights #RevCTVivian #SCLC #americanhistory @ Atlanta, Georgia