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John Eaves and the Board of Commissioners Honor Civil Rights Icon C.T. Vivian

The Fulton County Commissioners Hosted a Reception to Celebrate Dr. Vivian Receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom

Dr. C.T. Vivian honored by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners on January 8, 2014. credit: Fulton County Office of Communications
Dr. C.T. Vivian honored by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners on January 8, 2014. credit: Fulton County Office of Communications

On Wednesday, January 8th 2014, Chairman John H. Eaves and the Fulton County Commissioners honored Dr. C.T. Vivian for his decades of service to the cause of human rights and for being one of the most recent recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Chairman Eaves and his 
colleagues on the County Commission presented this distinguished American and 
civil rights icon with a proclamation recognizing him on “Dr. C.T. Vivian 
Appreciation Day.” Chairman Eaves says, “We recognize Dr. Vivian for his decades of service to our community and our nation on behalf of those fighting for freedom and social justice.”

An author, minister and close ally of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Dr. Cordy Tindell “C.T.” Vivian participated in the Freedom Rides and numerous sit-ins during the civil rights movement. Most recently, he received one of the nation’s highest civilian honors, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, from President Barack Obama. Dr. Vivian helped start several human rights organizations including the National Anti-Klan Network and the Center for Democratic Renewal. He has also served as president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). 

“We are proud to call Dr. Vivian not just an American hero, but also one of our neighbors here in Fulton County,” says Chairman Eaves.

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