Civil rights activist Vincent Harding was a friend and colleague of King and worked with Coretta Scott King to establish the King Center in Atlanta, serving as its first director. A distinguished theologian and historian, he is the award-winning author of several books and lives in Denver, Colorado.
There Is a River: The Black Struggle for Freedom in Americaby Vincent Harding
A great black river surges in oppostion to the powerful currents of slavery and racism: This is black history - American history - boldly and triumphantly redefined by Vincent Harding. The struggle began on the slave ships off the coast of West Africa, with many captives choosing to rebel or drown rather than submit ot bondage. Harding resurrects these forgotten heroes and follows the continuing struggle of their descendents in the New World, where resistance, fed by fierce pride and unshakable hope, assumed many forms and survived a variety of political, social, and military assaults.
From an unflinchingly black perspective, Harding writes of the well-known members of the struggle - Nat Turner, Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth, Denmark Vesey, and David Walker - and of the anonymous blacks whose commitment to the cause was no less meaningful. All are heroes to Harding, who, with lyricism and passion, transforms the black experience into myth and truth and restores a long-forgotten grandeur and humanity to this uniquely American heritage.
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