Powerful Movement-Building Program Celebrates the Life and Work of Dr. Vincent Harding
Vincent Harding was an historian by profession and a relentless nonviolent advocate for justice by calling. The author of a series of books on the civil rights movement — which he called the Southern Freedom movement — he not only wrote history, he confronted history, challenged history, and with many others, remade history.
Dr. Harding died this past May at the age of 83, handing on to the rest of us the task of continuing the titanic effort to transform the systemic violence and injustice in our world, and to help bring into being a multiracial, democratic and nonviolent society.
On Friday and Saturday, February 6-7, Dr. Harding was honored by a tribute and teach-in in Berkeley and Oakland, Calif. entitled “There is a River: From Slavery to Ferguson – A Multi-Generational Gathering About the Struggle for Freedom and Justice of All People.” Organized by the Western Region of the National Council of Elders – which Vincent Harding helped initiate – this event brought justice seekers from 20th and 21st century movements to engage in deep conversation about the protests against systemic violence against black and brown people and how to create a movement for radical change.
Invited 20th century justice seekers included: Marian Wright Edelman – civil rights and children’s advocate; Jim Lawson – civil rights leader, economic & immigrant rights; Dolores Huerta – immigrant and economic justice; Danny Glover – actor, film director & political activist; Gus Newport – former Mayor Berkeley, economic & civil rights; John Fife – immigration and sanctuary movement; Mel White – LGBT rights; Fr. Louis Vitale – peace & justice; Phil Lawson – civil rights, economic & immigrant rights.
Invited 21st century justice seekers (representing) included: API Equality | Black Alliance for Just Immigration | Black Lives Matter | Black Organizing Project | California Dream Network | Causa Justa: Just Cause | Children’s Defense Fund | Chinese for Affirmative Action | East Bay Housing Organizations | Interfaith Coalition for Immigrant Rights – CLUE-CA | Onyx Organizing Committee | Organization for Black Struggle | Occupy Oakland | Occupy SF | East Point Peace Academy | Faith Alliance for a Moral Economy | Seminarians for Worker Justice | Urban Strategies and Lifelines to Healing – PICO
Sponsors (Partial List): Black Alliance for Just Immigration, East Bay Housing Organizations, Interfaith Coalition for Immigrant Rights, Nafsi Ya Jamil, National Council of Elders, OneLife Institute, Pace e Bene , The Center for Spiritual & Social Transformation, Pacific School of Religion, The King Institute – Stanford, St. Columba Catholic Church.
See webpage here.
See the Tribute and Teach-In Facebook page here.
Pace e Bene/Campaign Nonviolence was a co-sponsor of this event. Vincent Harding was a dear friend of many of us and of Pace e Bene as an organization. We miss him dearly. You can read Ken Butigan’s remembrance of Dr. Harding here.