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A civil rights hero's posthumous memoir a guidebook for today's activists

February 28, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Standing on the steps of a courthouse, the Rev. Cordy Tindell "C.T." Vivian pleaded for the right of every person to vote with "verbal jabs" when a sheriff literally jabbed him, beating and knocking him to the ground.

Before his passing, Vivian reflected on his message of nonviolence for the memoir and how it's not a surprise that the struggle for voting rights and "all of the human rights systematically denied" continues decades after he was punched in 1965.

White America consistently says that it values the Constitution and the Bible, Al Vivian, the son of the civil rights leader, told CNN.

"You find out what people say they value, you hold them accountable to that," Al Vivian said his father explained.

Fiffer, the memoir's co-author, said Vivian was nearly 94 years old when they began collaborating.

Al Vivian said many of his father's lessons could help young activists, especially now as the nation remains deeply divided.

Throughout, Vivian shined a light onto the work that many others did to advance the movement, including civil rights leaders Diane Nash and the late Rep. John Lewis.

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