Vivian honored with Medal of Freedom | www.myajc.com

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Vivian honored with Medal of Freedom | www.myajc.com

In 1963, President John F. Kennedy created the Presidential Medal of Freedom, as America’s highest civilian honor. That year, C.T. Vivian traveled to Washington with Martin Luther King Jr. to help stage the historic March on Washington.

Vivian will be returning to Washington at least twice this year – to participate in the 50th anniversary of the march, and to receive his own Presidential Medal of Freedom.

President Obama announced the latest class of 16 recipients on Thursday. Among this year’s other recipients — who will be honored on an undetermined date later this year — are former President Bill Clinton and media mogul Oprah Winfrey.

“The Presidential Medal of Freedom goes to men and women who have dedicated their own lives to enriching ours,” Obama said in a statement. “This year’s honorees have been blessed with extraordinary talent, but what sets them apart is their gift for sharing that talent with the world. It will be my honor to present them with a token of our nation’s gratitude.”

Vivian is the fourth civil rights veteran who lives in Atlanta to be honored, following former Mayor Andrew Young, civil rights leader the Rev. Joseph Lowery, and U.S. Rep. John Lewis.

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