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MEMORIAL SERVICES FOR VINCENT GORDON HARDING

Denver, Colorado - July 25-26, 2014

Dear Friends,

The Veterans of Hope Project, the Iliff School of Theology and the Harding family are jointly

sponsoring a memorial weekend in honor of Vincent Gordon Harding on July 25-26, 2014 in

Denver, Colorado. Dr. Harding, who passed on May 19, 2014, was an historian, writer, teacher,

counselor and longtime activist for social justice. Please join with us to honor his life, his work and his spirit of advocacy and community-building.

Vincent and his first wife, Rosemarie Freeney Harding (who died in 2004), were organizers in the southern freedom movement where they were friends and colleagues of Rev. Dr. Martin and Coretta

King. Vincent directed and/or co-founded several institutions, including Mennonite House in Atlanta, Georgia; the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change; the Institute of the Black World; and the National Council of Elders. At his death, Vincent was professor emeritus at the Iliff School of Theology where he and Rosemarie founded and co-chaired the Veterans of Hope Project, a 501c3 interdisciplinary initiative on religion, culture and social justice history, directed by their niece, Gloria, and daughter, Rachel, for the past 12 years.

Dr. Harding is survived by his second wife, Mrs. Aljosie Aldrich Harding, a co-worker at the Institute of the Black World from 1970-1974. For the last four years they were partners in life and work. They worked together at various conferences, programs and colleges throughout the United States and in 2012 were part of the Dorothy Cotton Institute Delegation to Palestine/Israel. Aljosie Aldrich Harding and Vincent Gordon Harding were married December 21, 2013 in Atlanta. Dr.

Harding is also survived by his daughter, Dr. Rachel E. Harding; his son, Mr. Jonathan Harding; niece Gloria Smith and many other friends and family. Please see the link to a New York Times article for more on Vincent’s life. Vincent Harding - New York Times.

The details of the memorial weekend are:

July 25, 2014, Friday, 5-8 pm, at the Iliff School of Theology – Shattuck Hall – 2201 S. University Blvd., Denver, Colorado. Join us for a community reception and an opportunity to share reminiscences and stories with friends and family members.

July 26, 2014, Saturday, 4-7 pm, at New Hope Baptist Church, 3701 Colorado Blvd., Denver, Colorado. This will be a richly multicultural, interfaith celebration of Vincent Harding’s life, work and spirit.

Please come to be with us – share your stories and join in our celebration of a beautiful life.

If you plan to attend, please RSVP to vohproject@iliff.edu. Please include your contact (email/phone) information. Please also let us know if you need any special accommodations.

For more information please contact Dr. Carolyn Love at the Veterans of Hope Project, 303-765-3198 or vohproject@iliff.edu.

Peace,

Dr. Rachel E. Harding, Ms. Gloria Smith and the Memorial Planning Team

The Veterans of Hope Project

2201 South University Blvd

Denver, CO 80210

As many of you know our June meeting is traditionally the Juneteenth celebration of the slaves in Texas finally getting word of the Emancipation Proclamation. I am sorry that I need to cancel the meal this year. I’ve been so engaged in the planning for Dr. Vincent Harding’s memorials and family remembrances that I have delayed the planning for Juneteenth too long. John Ferguson will be out of town. And I am pretty exhausted. So we will start our summer break a month earlier this year.

I want to thank all of you for being part of a great season of enlightening and deeply meaningful conversations and exploration of race. I am also grateful for the new voices that have joined the discussions this year. We will continue in September with another series of challenging topics. This month I will be attending A Gathering of Leaders Conference in Oakland that focuses on boys and men of color. I expect to give you a full report. See http://www.agatheringofleaders.org/#movement    for more information.

In the meantime, I recommend taking a look at a recent issue of The Atlantic Magazine which has a compelling piece, “The Case for Reparations,” by Ta-Nehisi Coates. It is a great review of history that connects the dots of oppression in America to today’s reality. You can read it online at: http://www.theatlantic.com/features/archive/2014/05/the-case-for-reparations/361631/

I also want you to know that a memorial service for Dr. Harding is scheduled for July 25-26. It will be a two part event with the first evening a community sharing and reception. The next day will be a more formal ecumenical, multicultural celebration of his life and accomplishments. In August there will be a similar celebration in Atlanta. I will send out a message and post details on our website when we finish the details.

Have a great summer!

Harold Fields

 

Dear Beloved Community,

At 5:11pm Monday evening, with the spirit of many ancestors surrounding him, the Great Soul, Dr. Vincent Harding, left this world. There are no details at this point. The family will post an update in the coming days.

The family expresses gratitude for the outpouring of love as you have prayed and sang, shared memories and love, Please keep Aljosie, Rachel, Jonathan, and all those who called Vincent, teacher, friend, brother, and uncle in your prayers.

Deeply grateful for his life.

Profoundly grieving for this loss

 

The Concert Choir of Claflin University will be performing in Denver on May 22, 2014. Claflin University, located in Orangeburg, South Carolina, was founded in 1869 by Methodist missionaries. It is the oldest historically black college or university in South Carolina.

Admission is free and a good will offering will be collected to support the Concert Choir’s spring tour.

 

Concert Choir of Claflin University

Park Hill United Methodist Church

5209 Montview Blvd. (at Glencoe)

Thursday evening

May 22, 2014 at 7:30pm

No Tickets Needed

The group is jointly sponsored by the Alphonse Robinson African American Musicians Association (ARAAMA) and the Bennie L. Williams Spiritual Voices. The choir is directed by Dr. Isaiah McGee

 

60 years Brown vs

May 17th is the 60th Anniversary of Brown vs. the Board of Education, when the Supreme Court unanimously ruled that "separate educational facilities are inherently unequal." How far have we come?

Join us for a Legacy March from CEA (Colfax and Grant St) to Sunken Gardens (across from West HS at 951 Elati Street) where we will rally and enjoy food and festivities.

Make sure to RSVP for guests too, either on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/events/444329629045066/?ref=22 

or online at http://goo.gl/xrPxFd to give us an accurate food count.

People who RSVP will receive a ticket for a free box lunch at the rally.

Thank you and see you there!