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c vivian 471-111813Presidential Medal of Freedom honoree, Rev. Dr. C.T. Vivian will deliver the keynote speech at the 9th Annual Peace & Justice Banquet on Sunday, December 1st. Vivian  is renowned for his contributions to the civil rights movement.  Dr. Vivian received the high honor on last Wednesday (11/20) in Washington, D.C.  alongside Oprah Winfrey, President Bill Clinton and Gloria Steinem. This medal is the nation’s highest civilian honor.

Vivian has made many strides in the fight for civil rights. He is credited with using non-violence to desegregate Peoria’s lunch counters in 1947. In the early sixties, Vivian organized the first sit-ins in and civil rights march in Nashville.  He went on to work alongside Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as part of King’s executive staff.

On Sunday, December 1st, 2013, Rev. Dr. C.T. Vivian will deliver the keynote address at Central United Methodist Church’s 9th Annual Peace & Justice Banquet at the Marriot Hotel inside of the Renaissance Center. 

The banquet also includes an awards ceremony for those who have left an indelible mark in the areas of Peace and Justice.  This year’s honorees include: AFSCME President Al Garrett, Judge Claudia Morcom, activist General Baker, co-chair of The National Welfare Rights Union Marian Kramer and Jerry Petersen executive director of the Ruth Ellis Center.

The 9th Annual Peace & Justice Banquet begins with a VIP reception at 4pm. The banquet and awards ceremony begins at 5 p.m. 

A 10-minute press conference including Vivian and awardees will be held 4:35pm on 12/1.

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