Rachel is a deep student of indigenous and slave cultures and religions, keeping and transforming African dance and song, throughout our hemisphere, notably Candomble in Brazil. She is also the author of Refuge in the Thunder – see here and listen here.
In an interview with Elana Klaver on KGNU last week, Rachel recalled her mother’s story of Ruby Sales and a young minister Jonathan Daniels who had just been released from prison. They walked to a restaurant and the owner, a “deputy,” aimed a shot gun at Sales. Jonathan pushed her down, leaping in front of her, and took the bullet (King said: this was the most Christian act he had heard of in the movement…). Listen here.
Though I never met him at Harvard, Jonathan Daniels was a beginning English student in the same undergraduate class. After the first year, he left to become an Episcopal minister. Many of us – I think of John Perdew – turned South to fight for equality – see here and here – as did my friend from New York, Andy Goodman.
Here is a note about the event from Gloria Smith, Veterans of Hope:
Just a reminder regarding tomorrow’s book launch of Remnants: A Memoir of Spirit, Activism and Mothering by Rachel Harding and her late mom, Rosemarie Freeney Harding.
We look forward to celebrating with you.