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C.T. Vivian

Community. Service.

Oct 14, 2015
Rich Egger

On Saturday, October 3rd I attended the WIU Homecoming parade. It was a beautiful day for a parade: sunny, the air crisp, the trees around us on the verge of exploding in autumnal color. I watched high school marching bands, politicians and hair stylists, dance troupes and college floats pass by. 

Rich Egger

The civil rights leader grew up in the western Illinois community, which paid homage to him during a three day visit that coincided with homecoming at Western Illinois University.

Rich Egger

C.T. Vivian's family moved from segregated Missouri to Macomb when he was young because his parents felt he would receive a better education in a university community.  Now that community's school district plans to honor the civil rights activist for his lifetime of achievement.

CBS Atlanta

A Macomb Board of Education member said he will work on a project to commemorate civil rights activist C.T. Vivian, who grew up in Macomb.

Rich Egger

The Presidential Medal of Freedom is being awarded to Dr. C.T. Vivian, who grew up in Macomb.

In The Tri States

Jun 2, 2012

A look back at the top stories and features from the Tri States Public Radio news department from May 2012.   

During the month, former Macomb High School teacher and coach Daniel Watson and former Hamilton School Board member Dion Gregory both learned their sentences for inappropriate conduct with minors. A Burlington man was sentenced for starting a fire at a church in that town. Four young people from Burlington were killed when two boats collided on the Mississippi River.

Emphasis - May 18

May 18, 2012

Rich Egger's guest is Civil Rights leader C.T. Vivian, who grew up in Macomb. Dr Vivian was back in town to speak at the Dealing With Difference Institute at Western Illinois University.

Vivian was a close friend of Dr Martin Luther King, Jr. and worked alongside him during the American Civil Rights movement of the 1950s and '60s. He said the world does not change unless people get involved.