WATCH THE INTERVIEW WITH DR. VINCENT HARDING ABOVE
On the 45th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s assassination, a handful of Maconites welcomed a noted civil rights activist, academic and writer.
Dr. Vincent Harding is the author of several books, including "Martin Luther King: The Inconvenient Hero."
He was brought to Macon as a part of an ongoing series hosted by Diversity Assets, a community group dedicated to "community transformation and social justice initiatives."
A theologian now living in Denver, Harding drafted the anti-Vietnam War speech delivered by King at New York City's Riverside Church exactly one year before he was gunned down by James Earl Ray.
About a dozen locals escorted Harding on a tour of Macon.
The tour included lunch at Daybreak, a day shelter for the homeless, a visit to the Tubman African-American Museum, and a stop at Steward Chapel AME Church where King preached in 1957 on a visit to Macon.
Between stops, local businessman Charles Rutland gave a tour of his native Pleasant Hill, highlighting the several of the historic black neighborhood's residents who went on to affect life on the local, state and national level.
The day concluded with a public lecture at the Grand Opera House Thursday evening.
Friday at 11 a.m., Harding will present ideas for the community to help address issues raised at Thursday's talk. That will be at Washington Avenue Presbyterian Church.