Morehouse College Celebrates the Life of Dr. Vincent Harding
18 Aug 2014
Posted by Elise Durham
The memorial for nationally and internationally recognized historian, theologian and activist, Dr. Vincent Harding, will be held in the Martin Luther King, Jr. International Chapel on Friday, August 22, 2014 at 3:00pm.
A native of New York City, Dr. Harding held an M.A. and Ph.D. in History from the University of Chicago. From 1961 to 1964, he worked in various capacities as a full-time teacher, activist, and negotiator in the southern Freedom Movement where he became friends with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King. Harding drafted several of King’s speeches, including the powerful anti-war speech, Beyond Viet-Nam, A Time to Break Silence. In 1968, after several years as Chairperson of the History and Sociology Department at Spelman College, Harding was asked by Coretta Scott King to help her develop the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Center in Atlanta. He also helped to organize—and became first chairperson of –the Institute of the Black World in this city. Harding’s many essays, articles and books are widely known and include the seminal history of the African American freedom struggle, There is a River.
Following retirement from the faculty of the Iliff School of Theology, in 2004, Dr. Harding and his late wife, Rosemarie Freeney Harding, established the Veterans of Hope Project, a center for the study of religion and movements for social change. He later served as senior advisor to the PBS documentary television series Eyes on the Prize: America’s Civil Rights Years and continued to conduct workshops and retreats on the connections between spirituality and social responsibility.
In 2012, Dr. Harding accepted an invitation to serve as the Distinguished Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholar-in-Residence at Morehouse College where he taught a course on Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Future of America. Dr. Vincent Harding died on May 19, 2014. He is survived by his wife, Aljosie Aldrich Harding; his daughter, Dr. Rachel Harding, his son, Jonathan Harding and other relatives. Please click here to view photos from Dr. Harding’s time at Morehouse: http://www.morehouse.edu/kingcollection/m_harding.php