"Looking out on the crowd, Rev. C.T. Vivian thought, "We had built a movement from nothing to something. I thought when we left there, we would be in a far better position to fight racism." Even before King, Vivian had adopted nonviolence as a way to show whites "our humanity and their lack of it."

The King confidant had experienced that inhumanity firsthand. In one famous incident captured by television cameras, a Selma, Ala., sheriff broke his finger hitting Vivian. During the Freedom Rides, police beat Vivian so viciously with a billy club that his hands went numb trying to protect his head."

Read more at: aarp.org/politics-society/history/info-06-2013/civil-rights-march-on-washington.5.html

Executive Producer: Michael Wichita/AARP
Videographer and Editor: Amanda Lucidon
Photographer: Jared Sores

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