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April 21, 2010
The Continuing Quest for Racial Healing
Vincent Harding, Ph.D., Chairperson, Veterans of Hope Project,
Iliff School of Theology, Denver CO

Interface Host: Barry Erdman  

About the Presentation:
This session will encourage the development of our best humanity by encouraging us to explore this crucial search for a way toward racial healing in as fully a dialogical way as possible.

Come prepared to be in dialog, rather than to hear a presentation.  The word "dialog" is used intentionally, based on Hannah Arendt's statement, "It is when we are in dialog that we are most human."

About the Presenter:
Vincent Harding, Ph.D. currently serves as Chairperson of the Veterans of Hope Project: A Center for the Study of Religion and Democratic Renewal, located at the Iliff School of Theology in Denver, Colorado. Harding taught at Iliff as Professor of Religion and Social Transformation from 1981 to 2004.

A personal friend and colleague of Martin Luther King, Jr, he was the first director of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Center in Atlanta and served as director and chairperson of The Institute of the Black World. He was senior academic consultant to the award-winning PBS television series, Eyes on the Prize.

Among his publications are The Other American Revolution; There Is a River, Vol. 1; Hope and History; Martin Luther King: The Inconvenient Hero,and We Changed the World (with R. Kelly and E. Lewis). Dr. Harding has had a long history of involvement in domestic and international movements for peace and justice, including the southern Black freedom struggle.

Additional Resources:


Dr. Harding wrote the first draft of Martin Luther King, Jr's most significant speech ""Beyond Vietnam, A Time to Break Silence." given at Riverside Church in New York City on April 4th 1967. Tavis Smiley just devoted an entire program on PBS to the speech and its significance in contemporary America and Dr. Harding was a key interviewee on the program. See:

See Wikipedia's listing for Dr. Harding at:

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