Stanford University The Martin Luther King, Jr., Research and Education Institute
Tower of the Civil Rights Movement, Octavia Geans Vivian
May 16, 2011

Born and raised in Michigan, Mrs. Vivian received her degree in social work from Eastern Michigan University. After moving to the South both Mrs. Vivian and her husband, C.T. Vivian, worked tirelessly in the field of civil rights.  She helped desegregate the public schools of Dekalb county and was involved in voter registration as one of the first black deputy voter registrars in the county.  Later, she helped organize and collect the papers of the SCLC, preserving it's history and legacy.  Mrs. Vivian also shared a close friendship with Coretta Scott King, which allowed her to publish a biography on the life of Mrs. King.

A Tower of the Civil Rights Movement

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