Vincent Harding, historian and colleague of King

Vincent Harding, 82, a scholar, civil rights activist, and colleague of Martin Luther King Jr., died of an aneurysm in a Philadelphia hospital on May 19 following surgery the week before.

Harding was a speechwriter for King and drafted King’s address on Vietnam. Among his many books were Martin Luther King: The Inconvenient Hero and There Is a River: The Black Struggle for Freedom in America.

He also was the first director of the Martin Luther King Memorial Center in Atlanta.