Atlanta (WAOK)- The Reverend Dr. C.T. Vivian, a distinguished minister, author and civil rights organizer, will be presented with the prestigious Presidential Medal of Freedom award by President Barack Obama in Washington D.C. today. Dr. Vivian told CBS Radio listeners he has been anxiously awaiting the opportunity to travel to Washington D.C. to receive the award since he first received the call that he would be honored.
Dr. Vivian is being honored for his work in the civil rights movement. He is credited with ending lunch counter segregation in a non violent manner in Peoria, Illinois in 1947 and partnering with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to plan the March on Washington in 1963. Dr. Vivian also participated in the Freedom Rides and sit ins across the United States to protest social, economic and racial injustice. In 2012, Dr. Vivian served as President of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.
Vivian will be one of sixteen honorees selected this year to receive the award. Honorees include Former President Bill Clinton, Oprah Winfrey, Daniel Inouye, Ernie Banks, Dean Smith and the late Bayard Rustin.
Reverend Dr. C.T. Vivian joins Georgia Congressman John Lewis and civil rights icon Reverend Dr. Joseph Lowery who have also been honored by the president.
Click below to listen to excerpts from Dr. Vivian on The Ryan Cameron Morning Show on V-103