The civil rights activist and historian Vincent Harding died Monday at the age of 82. He was the first director of what is now called the Martin Luther King Jr Center for Nonviolent Social Change in Atlanta and his books include Martin Luther King: The Inconvenient Hero, and There is a River: The Black Struggle for Freedom in America. Harding wrote several speeches for King, including King’s controversial, now famous 1967 speech opposing the war in Vietnam.
One year after delivering that speech, King was assassinated. Harding taught history and sociology at Spelman College, worked with the civil rights movement and led workshops in non-violent resistance.
Terry Gross spoke with Harding in 1988. You can listen to the Fresh Air interview with Vincent Harding here.
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