The C. T. Vivian Leadership Institute
will host its annual fundraiser on July 23, 2021.
The C. T. Vivian Leadership Institute is dedicated to developing sustainable programs to revitalize underserved communities. The C. T. Vivian Leadership Institute [CTVLI] is an Atlanta-based non-profit organization dedicated to the development and sustainability of communities. The organization was founded in 2008 by Dr. C. T. Vivian to “create a model of leadership culture in Atlanta”. CTVLI serves as a hub designed to centralize existing programs and services to work in coordination with local organizations to serve the needs of the community. The Institute is designed to create an atmosphere where lifelong learning can take place in all stages of life. The CTVLI focuses on four areas that are critical to the success of individuals and communities: Faith, Personal, Education, and Economic Development. CTVLI programs are designed to reach each participant wherever they are, with the goal of taking them where they want to be. By offering classes to the individual and services to the community as a whole, the specific needs of both will be met.
The C.T. Vivian Humanitarian Award
The C. T. Vivian 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. Bryan Stevenson will receive this year’s Humanitarian Award. Bryan Stevenson is the 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 C.T. Vivian Lifetime Achievement Award
The C. T. Vivian Lifetime Achievement Award honors an individual who during their lifetime have made contributions of outstanding significance to the advancement of equality and growth for all humanity in their profession. The C. T. Vivian Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to baseball legend and philanthropist, the late Mr. Henry “Hammerin’ Hank” Louis Aaron, posthumously, and his beloved wife, Mrs. Billye Suber Aaron, for their tremendous contributions and many years of support to the CTVLI and beyond.
The Honorable United States Senator Reverend Raphael G. Warnock is the first African-American to represent Georgia in the Senate and the first African-American Democrat elected to a Senate seat by a former state of the confederacy. He chaired the New Georgia Project, a voter registration group Stacey Abrams founded. He is the Senior Pastor of the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s former congregation.
Ms. Stacey Abrams is a New York Times bestselling author, a voting rights activist and a political leader. She served eleven years in the Georgia House of Representatives, seven as Minority Leader, and became the 2018 Democratic nominee for Governor of Georgia. She is the founder of Fair Fight Action, Fair Count, and the Southern Economic Advancement Project – organizations devoted to voting rights and tackling policy and social issues.