On July 17, 2020, Reverend Cordy Tindell (CT) Vivian and Congressman John Lewis passed away within hours of one another.

The two – both of whom were original lieutenants of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr – stood as giants in the Civil Rights Movement, and their contributions helped change America for the better, especially when it came to solidifying the right to vote for millions of disenfranchised people of color.

The accolades and memorials were literally non-stop, coming from every level of society and government, including Mayor Bottoms who shared her fond remembrances of both men.

CT Vivian was 95 years-old. John Lewis was 80. I had the pleasure of interviewing each of them many times and found them to be smart, gracious, humble and deserving of their respective places in history. Their names will be honored for generations to come.