Dr. Vincent Harding (MLK Speech Writer and Civil Rights Activist) Passed on Today

Dr. Vincent Harding (MLK Speech Writer & Civil Rights Activist) Passed on Today

Dr. Vincent Harding, civil rights leader and Iliff School of Theology professor -University of Denver-, known for decades of “behind the scenes” social justice activism and work with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., died Monday. He was 82.                                               Through his work, Harding met King and became an aide and speechwriter to the leader. Harding penned King’s famous anti-Vietnam speech, ” Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break the Silence.”

After King’s assassination, Harding became the first director of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Center and of the Institute of the Black World, both in Atlanta. In 1997, he co-founded the Veterans of Hope Project, a multifaceted educational initiative on religion, culture and participatory democracy at Iliff. He was the author, co-author or editor of numerous books, including “There Is a River: The Black Struggle for Freedom in America”and “Martin Luther King: The Inconvenient Hero.”



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