I first became a Vincent Harding fan while in high school. Attending an all white private day school while living in Montgomery, Alabama was most confusing to me, but it was also the most rewarding experience of my life; it was my introduction to Harding that got me excited about race and religion in history. Hence, he is a reason why my African-American Studies course will read and study his There is a River as a required text. Unfortunately, he like so many civil rights activist are unknown and invisible. If you do not know him, be sure to give this New York Times piece a read.
As noted in the article:
For more than half a century, Dr. Harding worked at the nexus of race, religion and social responsibility. Though he was not as high-profile a figure as some of his contemporaries — he preferred to work largely behind the scenes — he was widely considered a central figure in the civil rights movement.Advertisements