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Harding, Vincent

b. 1931

Vincent Gordon Harding, historian, theologian, activist and author, was encouraged by Dr. King to join the Civil Rights Movement when they first met in 1958. Three years later Harding and his wife Rosemarie opened Mennonite House in Atlanta, a movement volunteer center. He participated in the Albany Campaign and led a nonviolence workshop at the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) Annual Convention in 1962. He drafted Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence, the speech King delivered at Riverside Church in 1967. After King’s death, Harding served as the first director of the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change. Harding was professor of religion and social transformation at Iliff School of Theology from 1981 until 2004. In 1996 he published Martin Luther King: The Inconvenient Hero about King’s last years.

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Agenda of the General Committee of the Department of Racial and Cultural Relations

This document is an agenda and lists meeting minutes regarding the approval of actions, nominations, budget, and miscellaneous items for the Department of Racial and Cultural Relations.

Black Power - Dr. Vincent Harding

Dr. Harding gives a full detailed presentation on Black Power before the Southeastern Regional Advisory Board of the Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith.

Black Power and the American Christ

The Christian Century published this article by historian and civil rights activist Vincent Harding in its June 4, 1967 issue. In the essay, Harding, friend, associate, and speech writer for Dr. King, claims that Eurocentric Christianity antagonized the Black Power Movement.

Letter from Staughton Lynd to MLK

Straughton Lynd, Chairman of the Greater Atlanta Peace Fellowship, informs Dr. King of his organization and asks to meet regarding "the nuclear test ban negotiation." Lynd also encloses the organization's purpose statement.

Telegram from MLK to Men of Conscience

Dr. King writes the Men of Conscience at Morehouse College to commend their "group act to find a creative alternative to the military." He assures the group that they have his prayers and support, and expresses hope that he will be able to meet with them soon.

To the Gallant Black Man Now Dead

This poem titled "To The Gallant Black Men Now Dead" was written by Vincent Harding in dedication to Jimmy L. Williams. Private First Class Williams was an heroic black man killed in Vietnam and was refused burial in his hometown of Wetumpka, Alabama.

Where Do We Go From Here Book Mailing

The people listed here received an advance copy of Dr. King's "Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community," which was published in 1967.