PRESIDENT WILLIAM PARKER PLANS TO HONOR CIVIL RIGHTS ICONS CONGRESSMAN JOHN LEWIS AND REVERENT C. T. VIVIAN AT TUESDAY’S BIRMINGHAM CITY COUNCIL MEETING
PRESS RELEASE Saturday, July 18, 2020
Contact: Kim Garner
Birmingham City Council President William Parker plans to honor two civil rights icons who passed away on Friday at this week’s Birmingham City Council meeting: U.S. Rep. John Lewis, 80, and Rev. C.T. Vivian, 95.
“The Birmingham City Council would like to offer our heartfelt condolences to the family, friends, and colleagues of these two heroes,” said Parker. “They spent their lives fighting against racism and injustice, and their memories and lasting work will continue to influence and inspire for many generations to come.”
Rev. C.T. Vivian served as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s field general during the civil rights movement. U.S. Rep. John Lewis served more than three decades in Congress where he was considered a “moral conscience” because of his belief in the nonviolent fight for civil rights. They were also both awarded the country’s highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
At Tuesday’s meeting, Parker plans to submit resolutions to the Council, honoring the civil rights legends. Parker is also asking that everyone wear black ribbons.
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