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Historian, MLK Speechwriter Vincent Harding Dies at 82

HeadlineMay 20, 2014

The historian, author and civil rights activist Vincent Harding has died at the age of 82. He was a friend and speechwriter for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and co-wrote King’s famous antiwar address, “Beyond Vietnam.” Speaking on Democracy Now! in 2008, Harding talked about King’s vision.

Vincent Harding: “By the last years of his life, he was saying that America had to deal with three — what he called triple evils: the evil of racism, the evil of materialism and the evils of militarism. And he saw those three very much connected to each other.”

Harding died on Monday.

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