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Long-time civil rights activist Reverend C.T. Vivian will speak at Governors State University on Monday, May 17, at 3 p.m. in Sherman Music Recital Hall. The event marks to the day the 50th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Brown v. Board of Education decision of 1954, which unraveled the segregationist doctrine of separate but equal. For many, the decision signaled the start of the civil rights movement in the United States.

Vivian, an associate of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, was appointed to the executive staff for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference by King in 1963. He appears at Governors State as part of the university’s commemoration of Brown.