Even after the height of the civil rights movement, Vivian worked toward racial equality and justice. He founded the National Anti-Klan Network, an anti-racism organization originally dedicated to monitoring the Ku Klux Klan, which quickly grew in size and mission. Reverend C. T. Vivian was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2013.
Within the same week as the losses of Reverend C. T. Vivian and former Congressman John Lewis, another civil rights activist, James Charles Evers, died.
On July 22, 2020, Evers died at 97 years old. After the assassination of his civil rights activist brother, Evers gave up his life as a racketeer to follow in his footsteps. Evers succeeded his brother as the field director of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in Mississippi in 1963.
Evers organized registration drives for Black voters and economic boycotts against white businesses. In 1969, he was named “Man of the Year” by the NAACP, and later that same year, he was elected mayor of Fayette, Mississippi, becoming the first Black man to hold that position in over a century. His work as a civil rights activist in Mississippi gained attention for mobilizing Black voter power.
Not a week after the loss of Evers came the loss of Mimi Jones.
Mimi Jones was 73 years old when she passed away on July 26, 2020, but was only 17 when she was at the forefront of the largely forgotten St. Augustine swim-in protests of 1964. Jones was one of the youngest protesters to put her body on the line in the St. Augustine protests, but she already had years of activism under her belt.
Jones and six other activists took a stand against segregation by leaping into a white-only motel pool in St. Augustine, Florida, the day before the Senate was set to vote on the Civil Rights Act. In response, the motel manager poured muriatic acid, a cleaning agent, into the pool. Diluted by the water, no one was seriously injured by the acid, but Jones and her fellow protesters were hauled off to jail. Photos of this event surfaced the following day and are widely credited in helping receive support and a decisive victory for the Civil Rights Act.