The Veterans of Hope Project, the Iliff School of Theology and the Harding family are jointly sponsoring a memorial weekend in honor of Vincent Gordon Harding on July 25 and 26 in Denver, Colorado. Dr. Harding, who passed on May 19, 2014, was an historian, writer, teacher, counselor and longtime activist for social justice. Please join with us to honor his life, his work and his spirit of advocacy and community-building.
Vincent and his first wife, Rosemarie Freeney Harding (who died in 2004), were organizers in the southern freedom movement where they were friends and colleagues of Rev. Dr. Martin and Coretta King. Vincent directed and/or co-founded several institutions, including Mennonite House in Atlanta, Georgia; the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change; the Institute of the Black World; and the National Council of Elders. At his death, Vincent was professor emeritus at the Iliff School of Theology where he and Rosemarie founded and co-chaired the Veterans of Hope Project, a 501c3 interdisciplinary initiative on religion, culture and social justice history, directed by their niece, Gloria, and daughter, Rachel, for the past 12 years.
Dr. Harding is survived by his second wife, Mrs. Aljosie Aldrich Harding, who joined him in his work with the National Council of Elders; his daughter, Dr. Rachel E. Harding; his son, Mr. Jonathan Harding; niece Gloria Smith and many other friends and family. Please see the link to a New York Times article for more on Vincent’s life. Vincent Harding – New York Times.
The details of the memorial weekend are:
July 25, 2014, Friday, 5-8 PM, at the Iliff School of Theology – Shattuck Hall – 2201 S. University Blvd., Denver, Colorado. Join us for a community reception and an opportunity to share reminiscences and stories with friends and family members.
July 26, 2014, Saturday, 4-7 PM, at New Hope Baptist Church, 3701 Colorado Blvd., Denver, Colorado. This will be a richly multicultural, interfaith celebration of Vincent Harding’s life, work and spirit.
Master musicians Daryl J. Walker and Dr. Art Jones are organizing an open community choir for the July 26th event. If you are interested in participating, please contact Daryl at firstname.lastname@example.org. Rehearsals will take place at Park Hill United Methodist Church at 5209 Montview Blvd, on Saturday, July 19 at 11 am and on Monday, July 21 at 7:00 pm. Call time for participants in the choir on July 26th at New Hope Baptist Church is 3pm.
Contributions in honor of Dr. Vincent Harding and in support of the memorial weekend can be made payable to Veterans of Hope Project and mailed to Veterans of Hope, 2201 S. University Blvd, Denver, CO 80210. All Contributors will be acknowledged in our program materials. (If you prefer to be anonymous please let us know.)
Please see the information below for hotels that are close to the memorial sites:
Close to New Hope Baptist Church, 3701 Colorado Blvd., Denver
Renaissance Denver Hotel
3801 Quebec Street, Denver, CO 80207
Renaissance Denver – Online
Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Denver 3203 Quebec Street, Denver, CO 80207
Double Tree – Online
3737 Quebec St., Denver, CO 80207
Best Western – Online
Close to Iliff School of Theology, 2201 S. University Blvd., Denver
Hampton Inn (Use Univ of Denver code “DU” for discount)
4150 East Kentucky Avenue, Glendale, Colorado, 80246
Hampton Inn – Online
Holiday Inn (Use code “Iliff” for discount)
455 South Colorado Boulevard, Denver, Colorado 80246
888 565 6159
Holiday Inn – Online
Hyatt Place Denver/Cherry Creek (Use code “Iliff” for discount) 4150 East Mississippi Avenue, Denver, CO 80246
Hyatt Denver – Online
LaQuinta (Use Univ of Denver code “DU” for discount)
1975 S. Colorado Blvd., Denver, CO 80222
LaQuinta – Online
Ground Transportation from Airport:
SuperShuttle – Information & Reservations
Taxi Cabs (Available on 4th level – East & West sides of Airport)
Please also check with your hotel to see if they have shuttle service to and from airport
Please come to be with us – share your stories and join in our celebration of a beautiful life.
If you plan to attend, please RSVP to email@example.com. Please also let us know if you need any special accommodations.
For more information please contact Dr. Carolyn Love at the Veterans of Hope Project, 303-765-3198 or firstname.lastname@example.org.