Hope and History: Why We Must Share the Story of the Movement

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  • Copyright: 2010-01-15
  • Publisher: Orbis Books
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Hope and History is an eloquent, informed, and impassioned call to remember and to share the story of "the civil rights movements." Drawing on his extensive experience as a participant-historian in the movement, Harding focuses on the profound significance of the freedom struggle for our lives as citizens today. In this new edition, Harding includes a "Letter to my Brother, My Son, the President," reflecting on the election of President Barack Obama and drawing connections between his accomplishment and the broad history that lay behind it. That great struggle for freedom and transformation emerges as a continuing human classic whose liberating lessons are available to all. Book jacket.

Author Biography

Vincent Harding is Professor of Religion and Social Transformation at the lliff School of Theology. Formerly director of the Martin Luther King Memorial Center, and chairman of the nationally televised Black Heritage series, he served as senior advisor to the PBS television series, "Eyes on the prize."

Table of Contents

Forewordp. ix
Preface to the Second Edition: Making Democracy a Realityp. xiii
Introduction: Moving beyond the Boundariesp. 1
Signs ... Signs ... Turn Visible Again: The Transformative Uses of Biographyp. 11
Advanced Ideas about Democracy: Rediscovering Humanity's Great Lessons at Homep. 22
More Power Than We Know: Recollecting the Young Warriorsp. 47
Fighting for Freedom with Church Fans: To Know What Religion Meansp. 63
"God's Appeal to This Age": The Search for Alternatives to Violencep. 76
Gifts of the Black Movement: Toward "A New Birth of Freedom"p. 87
Poets, Musicians, and Magicians: Prophetic Black Artists of the New Creationp. 104
Doing the Right Thing in Mississippi and Brooklyn: How Shall We Connect?p. 128
In Search of the World: A Geography of Freedomp. 138
Is America Possible?: The Land That Never Has Been Yetp. 147
One Final, Soaring Hope: Building the Campgrounds of Renewalp. 158
Letters to Teachers in Religious Communities and Institutionsp. 167
Our Children Are Waiting for the Music: A Letter to My Brother and Son, the Presidentp. 190
Acknowledgmentsp. 205
Notesp. 209
Indexp. 219
About the Authorp. 223
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