March 2, 2021
(link to original letter)
I had no idea the great Rev. C.T. Vivian was from Missouri (“Missouri rushes to honor Limbaugh but ignores civil rights hero C.T. Vivian,” Feb. 27). I am excited and elated to know that. What a wonderful man he was. He has been a hero of mine for many years.
I have known all about his illustrious days from the Civil Rights era — heck, he participated in a sit-in in 1947 — as part of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and the Freedom Rides. But I never knew that he spent his first six years in the Show Me State. And Boonville of all places — a wonderful community where I’ve worked in the schools.
I have already sent the column to the superintendent. Brian Kaylor deserves thanks for bringing this to readers’ attention. I, for one, am bursting with pride. Where shall we erect a proper memorial, or two?