Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Dr. Vincent Harding to present "Hope, History and Change" during GC's MLK Study Day

Martin Luther King Jr. Day: "Hope, History and Change" luncheon with Dr. Vincent Harding
Date and time: Monday, Jan. 16, 11:30 a.m.- 2 p.m.
Location: Goshen College's Church-Chapel Fellowship Hall
$18 per person or $144 for an eight-person table. Reservations required, Jan. 5 deadline.

Call the Welcome Center at (574) 535-7566 or email

GOSHEN, Ind. – Dr. Vincent Harding will present on "Hope, History and Change" during the community luncheon for the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Study Day at Goshen College on Monday, Jan. 16. The luncheon will be from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Goshen College's Church-Chapel Fellowship Hall.

Dr. Vincent Harding was a close friend of Dr. King, at one point living around the corner from him in Atlanta when he and his wife, Rosemarie, directed a Mennonite Voluntary Service unit, from1961 to 1964. Most notably in his relationship with King, Harding drafted the "Beyond Vietnam" speech that King delivered at Riverside Church on April 4, 1967. This was exactly one year before King's assassination.

In 1968, Harding became the first director of the King Memorial Center in Atlanta. In 1969, he founded the Institute of the Black World, an organization committed to creating and defining the field of Black Studies. He studied at Spelman College (Atlanta, Ga.) and Iliff School of Theology (Denver, Colo.). In 1997, Vincent and Rosemarie Harding founded the Veterans of Hope Project, an organization committed to intergenerational conversation about movement building and activism.

Harding is the author of many books, including "Hope and History: Why We Must Share the Story of the Movement," "There is a River: The Black Struggle for Freedom in America" and "Martin Luther King: The inconvenient hero and his roots in the Mennonite tradition."

Advance registration for the luncheon is required; tickets are $18 per person or $144 for a table of eight and must be reserved by Jan. 5. For more information about the community luncheon, or to reserve a seat or table, call the Welcome Center at (574) 535-7566 or email

Editors: For more information about this release, to arrange an interview or request a photo, contact Goshen College Acting News Bureau Coordinator Alysha Bergey Landis at (574) 535-7762 or


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