Hope and History: A Conversation with Dr. Vincent Harding - Facilitated by Dr. Steve Boyd
February 21, 2014
Best known as a historian of African American religious traditions, for his work with and writings about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and his leadership on the "Eyes On The Prize" documentary series, Harding uses past and present social movements to help participants understand how to galvanize for nonviolent social change.
Free and Open to the Public
Dr. Vincent Harding holds an M.A. and a Ph.D. in History from the University of Chicago. From 1961 to 1964, Dr. Harding and his late
wife, Rosemarie Freeney Harding, worked in various capacities as full-time teachers, activists, and negotiators in the southern Freedom
Movement. They were co-workers and friends with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and many other Civil Rights leaders and participants. Dr. Harding co-wrote one of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s most courageous speeches, “Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence,” delivered in 1967 at Riverside Church in New York City. In 1968, Coretta Scott King asked him to help her organize the Institute of the Black World, The Martin Luther King,Jr. Memorial Center located in Atlanta, where he became its first director. Dr. Harding also served as Chairperson of the History and Sociology Department at Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia, for several years.