I am currently immersed in There is a River by Vincent Harding. It’s a remarkably fluid and sharp history of the struggle for African American freedom. Harding was a long time confidant of Martin Luther King and wrote King’s shattering “Beyond Vietnam” speech. By happy coincidence was interviewed by Amy Goodman on Democracy Now! last week. Listen to it or watch it here.
He offers an interesting perspective on King’s last years, the influence of international events and movements on him and his increasing embrace of the radicalism that would become ’68. Good stuff.