Remembering Dr. Vincent Gordon Harding
On May 19. 2014 the world said goodbye to Dr. Vincent Gordon Harding, former Professor Emeritus of Religion and Social Transformation at Iliff School of Theology, in Denver Colorado.
Dr. Vincent Gordon Harding, civil rights activist, historian, theologian, and colleague of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. provided us all with a more definitive approach, towards understanding the ongoing struggle of civil rights and social responsibility.
If you ever read an article by Dr. Vincent Harding or heard a speech he delivered you would have gained a more fuller understanding of the Civil Rights Movement.
Dr. Vincent G. Harding served as an Civil Rights activist and on occasion wrote speeches for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He is noted mainly for writing Martin Luther King's Beyond Vietnam speech.
After the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1968 Mrs. Coretta Scott King established the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Center, Dr. Vincent Harding was appointed the center's first Director.
Dr. Harding, lamenting in many of his published works, the need to promote civil rights and social responsibility in the 21st century. Many of his writings highlighted Dr. King's latter years and evolving concept of social justice and civil responsibility.
Here are a few of the titles by Dr. Harding
- Martin Luther, The Inconvenient Truth
- Hope and History: Why We Must Share the Story of the Movement
- There is a River: The black Struggle for Freedom in America
- We Changed the Word: African Americans, 1945-1970
Dr. Harding died in Philadelphia at the age of 82.
Huffington Post article on Dr. Harding's passing.