Imani Hudson-Hill, Assistant News Editor

Reverend C.T. Vivian laughs at the L.C. Daisy Bates Leadership Forum on Feb. 15 at Philander Smith College. He was the keynote speaker at the forum, held by the Christian Ministerial Alliance, which raised money to support the home of Daisy Bates and to celebrate the Bates’ historic legacy. Rev. Vivian is a civil rights activist who was a close friend of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. during the Civil Rights Movement. He helped organize the first sit-ins in Nashville in 1960 and the first civil rights march in 1961. He rode the first “freedom Bus” into Mississippi and worked alongside MLK on the Southern Leadership Conference executive staff to organize the march on Washington and other campaigns.

Robin White, the Superintendent of the National Parks Service and Reverend C.T Vivian, a civil rights activist, smile for a picture at the forum held in celebration of Daisy and L.C. Bates’ legacy. Rev. Vivian says Daisy Bates understood that students must take action in their struggle for their future and that they can succeed in even the most daunting of challenges. Barack Obama, he says, not only exemplifies Daisy Bates messages, but also is himself one of the determined youth she struggled to create.

Photos by JP Peterson

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