2016 Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Luncheon – A Celebration of Dr. King’s Birthday and His Legacy
Over 670 guests celebrated Dr. King’s legacy at KCBA’s Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Luncheon on January 15, 2016, at the Seattle Sheraton Hotel.
The 2016 speaker was Dr. C.T. Vivian. Dr. Vivian, is best known for his work with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. As National Director of Affiliates and strategist for every Southern Christian Leadership Conference (S.C.L.C.) organization, he truly helped change the nation. In Birmingham, his work helped to enact the Civil Rights Bill and in Selma, the Voting Rights Bill.
Dr. Vivian’s remarks included: “I remember in my college days . . . there was only one thing that we wanted in those times and that was freedom. And what we learned is that you don’t get it until you are ready to die for it. And if you are not willing to suffer for something, in the final analysis you really don’t deserve to get it. And this was what the Movement was all about. . . .” Dr. Vivian then continued his remarks about Dr. King: “Martin, after being in Montgomery, he could have gone to any church in America, and I mean any church in America . . . Martin had already showed us that what you are about has to be more than some color, that it has to be greater than you are. It has to be so important to you that you are willing to give to it. Not with coins only, that is secondary. You have to give of yourself to it. And if you are not willing to give of yourself what you really want, then you can never get it.”
Luncheon attendees were once again treated to a terrific musical performance by the Graham Hill Elementary School Chorus.
The King County Bar Association gratefully acknowledges the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Luncheon Committee for their tireless work in making this program such a successful community event. Hon. Richard A. Jones (Co-Chair), Karen W. Murray (Co-Chair)
Lisa Castilleja, Phillip H. Ginsberg, Justo Gonzalez, Hon. Charles V. Johnson (Ret.),
Kerry J. Keefe, James E. Lobsenz, Gregory M. Miller, Kevin A. Peck, Robert “Burns” Petersen, Hon. Catherine D. Shaffer, Leann Wagele and Pallavi Mehta Wahi.
The 2016 Annual
Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Luncheon
Friday, January 15, 2016
Noon - 1:15pm
(Registration will open at 11:30 a.m)
$50 General Admission;
$25 Students & Law Clerks
Sheraton Seattle Hotel
1400 Sixth Avenue
Featuring: C.T. Vivian
•Legendary Civil Right Advisor
•Presidential Civil Rights Advisor
•Founder, C.T. Vivian Leadership Institute
In November 2013, Dr. Vivian was honored for his vision and leadership in the fight for justice when he was awarded this Nation’s highest civilian honor—The Presidential Medal of Freedom. Among his many leadership roles, he has served on the board of the Center for Democratic Renewal and the National Voting Rights Museum. He currently serves as a founding Board Member of Capital City Bank, a Blackowned bank in Atlanta, and is also Board Chair of BASIC Diversity, Inc., the Nation’s oldest diversity consulting firm. He has provided civil rights counsel to Presidents
Johnson, Carter, Reagan, Clinton, and Obama, and he continues to lecture on racial justice and democracy throughout the world.
The New School for Social Research named Dr. C.T. Vivian “… spiritual leader, apostle of social justice, strategist of the civil rights movement ... For decades he has been in the vanguard of the struggle for racial equality in America,” as they presented him with one of his many honorary doctorates.
Dr. Vivian, once known as a Christian journalist, is best known for his work with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. As National Director of Affiliates, and strategist for every Southern Christian Leadership Conference (S.C.L.C.) organization, he truly helped change the nation. In Birmingham, his work helped to enact the Civil Rights Bill, and in Selma, the Voting Rights Bill. Vivian was deeply involved in other civil rights movements in Nashville, TN; Danville, VA; St. Augustine, FL; and Chicago, IL. Dr. Vivian won his first non-violent direct action movement in 1947 by
integrating restaurants in Peoria, IL. The summer following the Selma Movement, Dr. Vivian developed, organized, and launched Vision, an educational program that provided over 700 Alabama students with college scholarships. Vision would later be known as Upward Bound. In 1970 Vivian authored the first book written by a member of Dr. King’s staff entitled Black Power and the American Myth.
He is featured throughout PBS’s acclaimed documentary Eyes On The Prize (1987 & 2006). PBS later produced a full-length presentation, The Healing Ministry of the Rev. Dr. C.T. Vivian. He is also featured as both an activist and analyst in the series, The People’s Century (PBS/WGBH, 1998), and in the Tom Brokaw documentary King (History Channel, 2008).
After leaving Dr. King’s Executive Staff, Dr. Vivian trained ministers and developed the urban curriculum for seminaries throughout the nation at the Urban Training Center in Chicago. He returned to the realm of seminary education as the Dean of Divinity at Shaw University Seminary. There he originated and acquired funding for an unprecedented national-wide program, the basis of his doctoral work, Seminary Without Walls. In 2008, Dr. Vivian founded the C.T. Vivian Leadership Institute, Inc., based in Atlanta, Georgia, to create a model leadership culture for the purpose of
training and educating the new generation of grass-roots leaders. More recently, Dr. Vivian received an Honorary Doctorate from Morehouse College (2010), served as National President of S.C.L.C. (2012), and currently serves as Dean of The Urban Institute at The Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, Georgia.
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