The “greatest preacher to ever live” has been a man of vision, leadership, activism


Cordy Tindell (C.T.) Vivian

IN 2007, SENATOR BARACK OBAMA spoke at historic Brown Chapel A.M.E. church in Selma, Alabama, recognizing and honoring Dr. C.T. Vivian by quoting the words of Dr. Martin L. King Jr., who called Vivian “the greatest preacher to ever live.” Six years later, in November 2013, President Barack Obama, again honored Dr. C.T. Vivian for his vision and leadership in the fight for justice by awarding him with the Nation’s highest civilian honor – The Presidential Medal of Freedom.


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