Renowned civil rights activist Rev. C.T. Vivian to speak

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Vivian2.jpgBeaver Falls, Pa. - Nearly five decades ago Rev. C.T. Vivian led a march of 4,000 demonstrators on the steps of Nashville City Hall, confronting Mayor Ben West about the moral injustice of racial discrimination. Now Vivian will speak on the civil rights movement in the new millennium, as part of the 2007-2008 Colloquia Series at Geneva College, scheduled on Thursday, Oct. 18 and Friday, Oct. 19 in Skye Lounge.

The Colloquia Series is a forum where the Geneva College community may engage in academic discussion and debate. Fostering compelling and provocative discussion on socio-cultural, scientific, religious, literary, political, economic and educational issues, the series attempts to drive at the heart of many of the ideas and practices that shape our lives and the world in which we live.

As a close friend and associate of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Vivian′s history of non-violent opposition to segregation and racism spans back to 1947.

He rode the first "Freedom Bus" into Jackson, Miss., organized the first Nashville sit-ins in the 1960s and worked alongside King as one of his executive staff members. Vivian also formed Upward Bound, an education program centered on sending students to college with scholarships, and Black Action Strategies and Information Center.

Vivian is the author of Black Power and the American Myth, and is the subject of Lydia Walker′s biography Challenge and Change. He also appeared on Oprah Winfrey′s talk show, the civil rights documentary Eyes on the Prize and was the subject of the PBS special The Healing Ministry of Dr. C.T. Vivian.

His first lecture, Building a Civil Rights Movement for the New Millennium, will be held Thursday, Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. in Skye Lounge. The second in the series, America′s Civil Rights Movement: Lessons Learned, is on Friday, Oct. 19 at 10:10 a.m. in Skye Lounge. There is no fee for admission.

Geneva College, a reformed Christian liberal arts school founded in 1848, prepares students to serve Christ in all areas of society: work, family, and the church. Geneva is a founding member of the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU).