Vincent Harding memorial

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     Recently, a memorial service was held for Vincent Harding, a civil rights activist, at the New Hope Baptist Church in Denver.  It was held in Denver because Dr.

     Recently, a memorial service was held for Vincent Harding, a civil rights activist, at the New Hope Baptist Church in Denver.  It was held in Denver because Dr. Harding taught the spirituals in Denver for some time.   Dr. Vincent Harding was appreciated both within his community and for the work he did around worldwide civil rights.

 

     Vincent Harding was valued by the many members of his community as being thoughtful and understanding.  One very striking quote about him was "His love made me want to grow and blossom, and actually be the person he saw within me."-Michelle Alexander  He was also very active in churches of all different religions, and everybody who spoke about him expressed how understanding he was of everyone and everything.

 

     Vincent Harding worked with Martin Luther King Jr. and he was the first director of the MLK center for social justice.  He was not just a black rights activist but an activist for all races and religions.  One example of this is that when Dr. Harding first came to Denver, he saw a black church with a sign out front that said "free my people".  He went inside the church and the leaders of the church, and he asked them "Do you want to be free, or do you want everybody to be free?"  People from all across the country came to honor this great man at his memorial.