Lying in State
On the morning of July 17, 2020, civil rights icon Reverend Cordy Tindell Vivian
peacefully passed away at his home.
“The family is heartbroken at the loss of our father, but proud of his life-long work to free America from its tradition of racism, hate and violence. He loved all mankind and will be missed. Rev. Vivian was preceded in death by his wife of nearly 60 years, Octavia,” said his daughter Denise Morse.
Dr. Vivian was given the honor of lying in state at the Georgia State capital the day before his homegoing service. He was then carried by horse drawn for a “last mile” procession down Auburn Ave, the heart of the Civil Rights movement in Atlanta. The carriage stopped in front of the SCLC building and then proceeded to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s crypt.
A private service was held for family only due to COVID-19 at Providence Missionary Baptist Church at 11:00am on Thursday July 23, 2020. The service was live-streamed as well as broadcast on WSB and can be watched