I am deep in the midst of grieving the loss of Vincent Gordon Harding–a friend, mentor, scholar, freedom fighter, mahatma, and now, an ancestor–who died in Philadelphia on May 19 from complications of heart surgery.
All great souls are also flawed–hagiography has no place in authentic mourning. True grief honors what has passed. No longer will I pick up the telephone and hear Vincent’s basso profondo, “Sister Rose Marie? Is it well with your soul?”
More later. Right now, I can only stand at the river, peering into the water in disbelief that it has carried him to the other side.
Roundup of Remembrances:
Vincent Harding Built a New World by Dee Dee Risher
Remembering Vincent Harding, An Enduring Veteran of Hope by Ken Butigan
A gentle giant left us by Catherine Meeks
Vincent Harding by E. Ethelbert Miller
Vincent Harding, a true hero by Celeste Kennel-Shank
MLK speechwriter, civil rights activist Vincent Harding dead by Kate Gibbons
Social Activism Loses ‘Peaceful Warrior’ Vincent Harding by Jamal Watson
Rest in Peace, Vincent Harding by Steve Thorngate
Vincent Harding: A light shines in the darkness by Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove
Vincent Gordon Harding by Black Fire, UVA