The C. T. And Octavia Vivian 

C.T. Vivian passed away in his home in Atlanta, GA at the age of 95 on July 17th, 2020. As a prominent Civil Rights leader, Vivian dedicated his life to bringing equality through nonviolent action. His legacy is honored through the C.T. and Octavia Vivian Museum and Archives Inc.

The C. T. and Octavia Vivian Museum and Archives, Inc. is an Atlanta based, non-profit organization. The purpose of the Museum and Archives is to collect, preserve and exhibit books authored by African Americans and/or those of African heritage. The organization also supports educational programing utilizing the content of the collections and the voices of the African American experience.

The Museum & Archives represents over 30 years of book collecting by Dr. Vivian and his wife, Octavia, as well as the personal book collection of Dr. Doris Derby of Atlanta GA. Many of the books were written and published in the 1700 & 1800. The collection will be housed in a replica of the Vivians’ personal library, which will be constructed in Rodney Cook Sr. Park.

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    The wisdom acquired during C. T. Vivian’s nine decades is generously shared in It’s in the Action, the civil rights legend’s memoir of his life and times in the movement. Vivian’s inspiring stories from a lifetime of nonviolent activism come just in time for a new generation of activists, similarly responding to systems of injustice, violence, and oppression. It’s in the Action, co-written with Steve Fiffer, is now available for purchase!


    Rev. Dr. C.T. Vivian a Civil Rights Leader