Atlanta, Georgia – The C. T. Vivian Leadership Institute (CTVLI) honored social activist, Bryan Stevenson, with its inaugural CTVLI Humanitarian Award.
The CTVLI Humanitarian Award was created in honor of Dr. C. T. Vivian, a champion of human rights. Dr. Vivian was a force for social progress in America and around the world. He dedicated his life to fighting injustices and promoting equity. This award recognizes individuals who have made exemplary contributions to enhance the human condition and the common good for all people regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, or social status and emulates the values of Dr. Vivian.
CTVLI, sponsors and guests joined physically and virtually on July 23, 2021, to celebrate and honor Bryan Stevenson as he discussed his work as founder/executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, an organization committed to protecting basic human rights for the most vulnerable people in American Society. Mr. Stevenson’s best-selling book, Just Mercy, was adapted into a major motion picture and is a clarion call to action for challenging bias against the poor and people of color.
The CTVLI Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to baseball legend and philanthropist, the late Mr. Henry “Hank” Louis Aaron (posthumously), and his beloved wife, Billye Suber Aaron, for their tremendous contributions and many years of support to the CTVLI and beyond.
Additionally, featured were the United States Senator Reverend Dr. Raphael Warnock, the first African-American to represent Georgia in the U. S. Senate, and Stacey Abrams, New York Times bestselling author, voting rights activist, political leader, and 2018 Democratic nominee for governor of Georgia.
Honorary Chairs were Ambassador Mr. and Mrs. Andrew and Carolyn Young.
The C. T. Vivian Leadership Institute (CTVLI) is an Atlanta-based 501(c)(3) non-profit that was founded in 2008 by Dr. C. T. Vivian to Create a Model Leadership Culture in Atlanta. CTVLI is dedicated to developing sustainable programs to revitalize underserved communities and to create a place where all people can thrive.