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File #: 20-3489    Version: 1 Name: HONORING THE LIFE OF REVEREND C.T. VIVIAN
Type: Consent Calendar Resolution Status: Approved
File created: 7/27/2020 In control: President
On agenda: 7/30/2020 Final action: 7/30/2020
Title: PROPOSED RESOLUTION HONORING THE LIFE OF REVEREND C.T. VIVIAN WHEREAS, Cordy Tindell (C.T.) Vivian was born on July 30, 1924 in Boonville, Missouri; and WHEREAS, As a young boy he and his mother migrated to Macomb, Illinois, where he attended Lincoln Grade school, and Edison Junior High School and later graduated from Macomb High School in 1942 and attended Western Illinois University where he worked as the sports editor for the school newspaper; and WHEREAS, C.T. Vivian's first professional job was in 1947 as a recreation director for the Carver Community Center in Peoria, Illinois, where he participated in his first non-violent protest, a lunch counter sit-in; and WHEREAS, Reverend Vivian's strong religious upbringing, received his calling into the ministry in 1955 with the help of his church. He enrolled in the American Baptist Theological Seminary now called the American Baptist College in Nashville, Tennessee the same year; and WHEREAS, In 1959, Rev. C.T. Vivian along wit...
Sponsors: TONI PRECKWINKLE (President), FRANK J. AGUILAR, ALMA E. ANAYA, LUIS ARROYO JR, SCOTT R. BRITTON, JOHN P. DALEY, DENNIS DEER, BRIDGET DEGNEN, BRIDGET GAINER, BRANDON JOHNSON, BILL LOWRY, DONNA MILLER, STANLEY MOORE, KEVIN B. MORRISON, SEAN M. MORRISON, PETER N. SILVESTRI, DEBORAH SIMS, LARRY SUFFREDIN
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PROPOSED RESOLUTION

HONORING THE LIFE OF REVEREND C.T. VIVIAN

WHEREAS, Cordy Tindell (C.T.) Vivian was born on July 30, 1924 in Boonville, Missouri; and

WHEREAS, As a young boy he and his mother migrated to Macomb, Illinois, where he attended Lincoln Grade school, and Edison Junior High School and later graduated from Macomb High School in 1942 and attended Western Illinois University where he worked as the sports editor for the school newspaper; and

WHEREAS, C.T. Vivian's first professional job was in 1947 as a recreation director for the Carver Community Center in Peoria, Illinois, where he participated in his first non-violent protest, a lunch counter sit-in; and

WHEREAS, Reverend Vivian's strong religious upbringing, received his calling into the ministry in 1955 with the help of his church. He enrolled in the American Baptist Theological Seminary now called the American Baptist College in Nashville, Tennessee the same year; and

WHEREAS, In 1959, Rev. C.T. Vivian along with various students from American Baptist College organized a systematic nonviolent sit-in campaign at local lunch counters. On April 19, 1960, 4000 demonstrators peacefully walked to Nashville's City Hall to discuss racial discrimination. As a result of that walk, the Mayor publicly agreed that racial discrimination was morally wrong. He would later become the director of national affiliates for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, where he led a group of people to register to vote in Selma, Alabama; and

WHEREAS, Rev. Vivian helped found the Nashville Christian leadership Conference. In 1961 Rev. Vivian participated in Freedom Rides, working alongside Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. as the National Director of affiliates for the Southern Christian leadership Conference. During the summer following the Selma Voting Rights movement Rev. Vivian conceived and directed an education program, Vision and put 702 Alabama students in college with scholarships. Years later, t...

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