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The global human rights movement challenges the systems, structures, and institutions that create, defend, and extend oppression and repression in a society.

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Dr. Vincent G. Harding

1931-2014

Vincent G. Harding

A veteran of the 1960s Civil Rights Movement, Dr. Vincent G. Harding spent over 40 years as a human rights activist. Black students in the South who mobilized for Freedom Summer in 1964 turned to Harding and his late wife Rosemarie for advice.

In 1967 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. relied on a text drafted by Vincent Harding for his famous speech at Riverside Church in New York City where King spoke of the need to “go out into a sometimes hostile world declaring eternal hostility to poverty, racism, and militarism.”

At the time of the interview in April 2009 Dr. Harding was an emeritus professor at the Iliff School of Theology Colorado, and chair of the of Veterans of Hope project in Denver.


Watch the Video

Interviewed by Chip Berlet at the offices of Veterans for Hope
in Denver, Colorado on April 14, 2009


 

 


Videos Online

When Democracy Works
Narrated by Scot Nakagawa

Vincent Harding
Students as Leaders

Herman Sinaiko
Democracy and the Obligations of Leaders and Citizens--From China in the age of the Mandarins to the Tea Parties Today


Civic Education

Elements of Democracy: The Overall Concept

Basic Concepts, from Magruder's, Chapter One

Essential Elements: The International Consensus

Democracy Activism

Frances Moore Lappé, Doing Democracy: 10 Practical Arts Handbook, Small Planet Institute.

Bill Moyer, JoAnn McAllister, Mary Lou Finley & Steve Soifer, Doing Democracy: The MAP Model for Organizing Social Movements, New Society Publishers.

Higher Education

The Democracy Imperitive
A project mobilizing higher education to support democracy

Democracy Now!: A daily independent global news hour with Amy Goodman & Juan González

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Democracy is not a specific set of institutions but a process that requires dissent.
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Democracy is a process that assumes the majority of people, 
over time, given enough accurate information,
the ability to participate in a free and open public debate,
and to vote without intimidation,
reach constructive decisions that benefit the whole of society, and 
preserve liberty, protect our freedoms, extend equality,
and thus defend democracy itself. 

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Democracy is not a specific set of institutions but a process that requires dissent.
- - -
Democracy is a process that assumes the majority of people, 
over time, given enough accurate information,
the ability to participate in a free and open public debate,
and to vote without intimidation,
reach constructive decisions that benefit the whole of society, and 
preserve liberty, protect our freedoms, extend equality,
and thus defend democracy itself. 

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