Books: Non-Fiction

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

Book — Non-fiction. By Vincent Harding. 2010 (2nd edition). 240 pages.
A call to educators, clergy, and community activists to remember and keep alive the story of the Black-led freedom movement.

Time Periods: 20th Century, 1961
Themes: Civil Rights Movements, Education

hopeandhistoryHope and History is an eloquent, informed, and impassioned call to remember and to share the story of the Civil Rights Movement. Drawing upon his extensive experience as a participant-historian in the movement, Reverend Vincent Harding focuses on the profound significance of the freedom struggle for our lives as citizens today.

In the new edition, he reflects on the election of President Barack Obama, 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. [Publisher’s description.]

“Harding’s collection of essays . . . is a charge to the teachers of America to reconstruct its goals, methods, and soul for the latest heirs of our racial malaise. . . Hope and History is . . .  a head-clearing blast from Gabriel’s trumpet.” —The New York Times

Vincent Harding was the Professor of Religion and Social Transformation at the Iliff School of Theology. Formally director of the Martin Luther King Memorial Center, and chairperson of the nationally televised Black Heritage series, he served as senior advisor to the 14-hour PBS television series, Eyes on the Prize.

ISBN: 9781570758577 | Orbis Books