Medal of Freedom winner Vivian at Emory - CBS46 News

Medal of Freedom winner Vivian at Emory

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DEKALB COUNTY, GA (CBS46) -

A day after getting a huge honor in Washington, DC, the Rev. C.T. Vivian hosted a special discussion at Emory University Thursday night.

He talked about the civil rights movement and his experience with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference at Emory's Woodruff Library.

"What Martin and non-violence did that was so important ... for the first time in black America's lives, 400 years in this nation, for the first time we could say no to white people," Vivian said in reference to what Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. did for the civil rights movement.

His visit coincided with the SCLC's Fight for Social Change exhibit.

President Barack Obama awarded Vivian the Presidential Medal of Freedom on Wednesday at the White House. It's the nation's highest civilian honor.

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