The late Civil Rights Activist, African American Historian and Scholar Vincent Harding on Transformation, and Buddhist philosopher, educator, author, and anti-nuclear activist, Daisaku Ikeda of the Soka Gakkai, International, had a prolonged conversation about transformation and the role in plays in “Hope, Freedom and Democracy.”
America Will Be!
Conversations on Hope, Freedom and Democracy
with Vincent Harding
America Will Be!, a dialogue between Vincent Harding and Daisaku Ikeda, illuminates the historic events of the American civil rights movement and underscores the vital role of people, especially today’s youth, in creating a brighter future. Published in August 2013, the timely release of America Will Be! coincided with the 50th anniversary of the historic March on Washington where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (1929–1968) gave his noteworthy “I Have a Dream” speech. Both authors discuss the historical significance of this speech and emphasize its continued relevance for people today. Ikeda states: “Great dreams nurture extraordinary people, inspire great struggles, and build great lives, leading ultimately to a new, brighter future.” Harding believes people need courage to dream and “to put [themselves] into that which does not yet exist–to step out and let that dream possess [them], and then to act on it.”