Explore the Legacy of Civil Rights Icons John Lewis and C.T. Vivian
On July 17, 2020, the United States lost two notable trailblazers of the Civil Rights Movement, John Lewis and Cordy Tindell (C.T.) Vivian. Both men dedicated their lives to the fight for racial and social equality for Black Americans.
Working alongside Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Lewis and Vivian participated in the most famous protests in history. Without these civil rights icons, many U.S. citizens wouldn’t have the right to vote or sit at the same counter with their peers.
Although the country still has a long way to go, we must acknowledge those who have paved the way for the long road to equality. This guide offers a look at the sites and locations that honor both Lewis and Vivian and their impact on civil rights.
In honor of their fearlessness and continuous fight for equality, Lewis and Vivian each received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama (Lewis in 2011 and Vivian in 2013).
Brianna Rhodes is an African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund Fellow for the National Trust for Historic Preservation.