August 28th is the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Religion and Ethics Newsweekly has posted a 10 minute interview with Vincent Harding, a retired professor of religion and history at Iliff School of Theology in Denver (a United Methodist seminary). Dr. Harding and his wife worked with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and founded Mennonite House in Atlanta as part of their work for non-violence. Watch the interview, and then find questions for discussion below. Post your thoughts in the comments.
1. Dr. Harding says we still have a long way to go to achieve equality. In what ways do you see this in our area?
2. How do we get to know people deeply enough to judge the content of their character? Dr. Harding says we live in separated spaces. Where do we need to be physically and spiritually in our community in order to get to know people better?
3. Martin Luther King, Jr. was working on a March on Washington in 1968 to ask the U.S. government to end the war in Vietnam and to take action to help the poor in the U.S. What parallels do you see between the 1968 movement and today (for example, the Occupy Movement, long war in Afghanistan, the recession)?