A private funeral service is held for American civil rights leader Rev C.T. Vivian in Atlanta, Georgia. Vivian – a key adviser to the late Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., who throughout his life organized pivotal civil rights campaigns and spent decades advocating for justice and racial equality – died Friday at the age of 95.
Vivian’s casket was then taken in a processional to the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Park. King, whom Vivian closely advised, once described Vivian as “the greatest preacher to ever live.” In 2013, President Barack Obama honored Vivian, who had continued to promote racial equality in recent years, with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
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