Instrumental leader in civil rights movement honored in Birmingham

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) – Birmingham has spent much of 2013 commemorating the 50 year anniversary of the civil rights movement.

On Thursday, a local leader in the civil rights movement was honored for his work.

Reverend C.T. Vivian spoke at the Birmingham Sheraton Hotel Thursday morning.

He was honored with the Estelle Witherspoon Lifetime Achievement Award.

Vivian worked with Martin Luther King Jr. at the Southern Christian Leadership Conference organizing sit-ins and other demonstrations around the country.

His work in Birmingham helped bring about the Civil Rights Bill.

The executive director of the Federation of Southern Cooperatives also spoke about the impact Vivian’s work has made in creating a new and just economy in the South.

President Obama will award Vivian with the Presidential Medal of Freedom award later in the year.

Copyright 2013 WIAT-TV CBS 42


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