Civil Rights Author and Associate of Dr. King Dies of an Aneurysm

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Reported by April Taylor

Vincent Harding, a well known African-American historian, scholar, and social activist, has died of an aneurysm at the age of 82. The New York Times is reporting that his passing was announced by the Iliff School of Theology in Denver, where Harding was an emeritus professor of religion and social transformation. Harding was born in Harlem, New York and graduated from Morris High School in the Bronx. He also earned a Bachelor’s in history from City College of New York, a Master’s in Journalism from Columbia University, a Master’s in History from the University of Chicago, and a Doctorate in History from the University of Chicago.

Harding is best known for his work with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Harding wrote one of King’s most divisive speeches, “A Time To Break Silence,” which was about King’s opposition to the Vietnam War. He served as a friend and advisor to Dr. King and helped to continue his work after his assassination. Harding participated also in the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), and the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), during the Civil Right’s Movement.

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