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.
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.
“I admired him from afar before I became a senator and got to know him as a source of wisdom, advice, and strength on my first presidential campaign,” Obama wrote of Vivian in a statement following his passing. “His friendship, encouraging words, and ever-present smile were a great source of inspiration and comfort, and personally, I will miss him greatly.”