New University Classes Talk about Civil Rights Leader Vivian | Georgia News

ATLANTA (AP) – At least seven colleges in Georgia and one in Louisiana now offer classes on the late civil rights leader, Reverend CT Vivian, and those involved in creating the program hope to expand that number to at least 50 schools by next year. , reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Vivian, one of Reverend Martin Luther King Jr.’s early key advisers who organized crucial equality campaigns, died last year at the age of 95. to AJJ.

“The life and work of CT Vivian provides a useful case study and model for action that will both educate and inspire the next generation of servant leaders,” said Beverly Tatum, past president of Spelman College.

Classes use Vivian’s books and videos as a basis, but teachers can create their own programs.

In Georgia, Emory University and Kennesaw State University are among the schools offering courses based on Vivian’s teachings. Louisiana State University at Shreveport is also part of the effort.

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Vivian began organizing anti-segregation sit-ins in Peoria, Ill. In the 1940s. He met King shortly after leading the budding civil rights leader of the Montgomery Bus Boycott in 1955. and helped organize the Freedom Rides which forced federal intervention in the South.

Vivian bravely challenged a segregationist sheriff while trying to register black voters in Selma, Alabama, where hundreds, then thousands, then crossed the Edmund Pettus Bridge.

As the cameras rolled, the sheriff punched him. Media coverage of the assault helped turn a local recording campaign into a national phenomenon.

At the University of West Georgia, student Tre Mason said the Vivian class was his favorite.

“It gives us a lot of good information about black history and what we haven’t learned in our history lessons,” the 19-year-old told AJC.

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