USA: Crowds line streets of Atlanta to honour civil rights activist C.T. Vivian

The coffin of the late civil rights activist CT Vivian was pulled by horse-drawn carriage along the streets of Atlanta, Wednesday, allowing mourners to bid a final farewell along the route. The body was taken from the Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church to the offices of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference as hundreds of people paid their respects along the city streets. One of the mourners shared her memories of C. T. Vivian, emphasising his dedication to the cause of the black civil rights movement. «He would never back down from telling people exactly the way it was. For people of colour, from poor communities and for voting rights, he was fabulous. And I was just happy to know him,» she said. Family members organised a private funeral for C.T. Vivian in Atlanta on Thursday, open only to loved ones due to the COVID-19 restrictions. C.T. Vivian, who passed away at the age of 95 on Friday, was one of the defining figures in the US civil rights movement and an early and principle adviser to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

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