Fallen Bear, Dr. Jesse “JC” Futrell, Class of 1977, died suddenly on Wednesday, August 21, 2019. Please keep J.C.’s wife, daughter, and the rest of his family in your thoughts and prayers.

About Dr. Jesse "JC" Futrell

Dr. Jesse "JC" Futrell was an experienced Instructor with a demonstrated history of working in the education management industry. Skilled in Audio Editing, Concert Production, Tour Operators, Videography, and Film. Strong education professional with a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) focused in Educational Leadership and Administration, General from Capella University.

Rev. Vivian’s civil rights work continued for a half-century. He became director of the Urban Training Center for Christian Mission in Chicago in 1966, and dean of the Shaw University Divinity School in Raleigh, N.C., in 1972.

He later founded the Black Action Strategies and Information Center in Atlanta to foster workplace race relations and was a co-founder of the National Anti-Klan Network, which monitored hate groups and was later renamed the Center for Democratic Renewal to reflect broader educational goals.

He was deputy director for clergy in the 1984 presidential campaign of the Rev. Jesse Jackson, appeared on “Eyes on the Prize” (1987), a 14-part PBS documentary on the civil rights era, and was later the focus of a PBS special, “The Healing Ministry of Dr. C.T. Vivian.”

He received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, from President Barack Obama in 2013.


Director of Seminary Without Walls at Shaw University Divinity School

Fallen Bear, CT Vivian, Civil rights leader Rev. Cordy Tindell "C.T." Vivian has died at age 95, his daughter Kira Vivian told CNN.

After leaving SCLC in 1966, he moved to Chicago to direct the Urban Training Center for Christian Missions where he trained clergy, community leaders, and others to organize. Later, as a coordinator for the Coalition for United Community Action, he led a direct-action campaign against racism in trade unions and helped mediate a truce among Chicago gangs. In 1972, he became the director of Seminary Without Walls at Shaw University Divinity School in Raleigh, N.C.



About CT Vivian


Founder/Dean, Alternative Education and National Director, Seminary Without Walls. Shaw University Divinity School, Raleigh, North Carolina. The alternative system of independent, off-campus study offered the B.Th. and M. Div. Degrees.

The educational delivery system was invented, designed, and administered by the Director who personally gained funding for the concept through the Lilly Endowment and placed the experimental phases on the Shaw University Campus.


Paying tribute to Civil Rights icon C.T. Vivian

President Obama awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Rev. Vivian in 2013. Credit…Bill O’Leary/The Washington Post, via Getty Images.

Rivers, 67, said he was 21 when he met Vivian at Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina. Back then, he worked as an audio director when Vivian was the dean of the university’s divinity school. The two remained close over the years and Rivers said he handled the business side of Vivian’s work.