By John Davis, Oxford Citizen
ATLANTA — Football and fun merged with learning Sunday evening for the Ole Miss Rebels and TCU Horned Frogs.
The two teams filled up the pews at Ebenezer Baptist Church to listen to the legendary pastor, C.T. Vivian, a 90-year-old man who served as lieutenant of Martin Luther King. Vivian talked about the Civil Rights movement for a little over 20 minutes before taking questions from both teams.
He talked about his relationship with King, recounted the day he was shot in Memphis, Tenn., on April 4, 1968 and how the legendary King learned from Mahatma Ghandi and his non-violent way of leading India out of the control of the British.
The entire program lasted 90 minutes. Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze started a standing round of applause. He was closely followed by TCU head coach Gary Patterson, who sat in the front row along with his wife and the Freezes.
Here are two segments of Vivian’s time in front of the teams Sunday at Ebenezer, a church he called the most significant of the 20th century.