Hope and History is an eloquent, informed, and impassioned call to remember and to share the story of "the civil rights movement" in America's twentieth century. Drawing upon his extensive experience as a participant-historian, Harding focuses on the profound significance of the freedom struggle for our lives as citizens today. In this 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 movement whose liberating lessons are available to all.
Vincent Harding (1932-2014) was emeritus Professor of Religion and Social Transformation at the Iliff School of Theology, Denver, Colorado. Formally director of the Martin Luther King Memorial Center, and chairman of the nationally televised Black Heritage series, he served as senior advisor to the acclaimed PBS television series, "Eyes on the Prize."