Book Excerpt: My C. T. Vivian Story

A Powerful Flame That Burned Brightly

Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient Rev. C. T. Vivian and award-winning memoirist Harold Michael Harvey often met on the sideway of their subdivision and discussed the major issues of the day. Photo (2013) Cascade Publishing House

I called him “Doc.” He called me “Brother Harvey.” In public, he introduced me as “Michael Harvey, my neighbor.” He wanted his friends and associates to know that he and I were neighbors. As if to say, you may know Michael Harvey, the professional, but I know him as a neighbor. His introductions always brought a smile to the corners of my lips.