More than 50 years after his first visit to campus, social activist and scholar Vincent Harding returned to Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) on Feb. 26 and 27, 2014, where he urged packed audiences to engage fully in the struggle to build a real participatory democracy based on justice, equality, sustainability and spiritual fulfillment, rather than on militarism, materialism and racism — or indeed on any form of discrimination.

Harding and his late wife, Rosemarie, were close friends and colleagues of Martin Luther King Jr., during an era when the Hardings were active members of a Mennonite church.

EMU history professor Mark Metzler Sawin did a “for the record” videotaped interview with Vincent Harding on Feb. 27, 2014, in which Harding elaborated on how he became linked to the Mennonite Church nearly 60 years ago and his views on the role of Mennonites in combating racism.