Archive for May, 2014

Vincent Harding, 82, Civil Rights Author and Associate of Dr. King, Dies

May 22, 2014 | Alumni

Vincent Harding, a historian, author and activist who wrote one of the most polarizing speeches ever given by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., in which Dr. King expressed ardent opposition to the Vietnam War, died on Monday in Philadelphia. He was 82.

Arthur Gelb, Critic and Editor Who Shaped The Times, Dies at 90

May 22, 2014 | Students

Arthur Gelb, who by sheer force of personality was a dominant figure at The New York Times for decades, lifting its metropolitan and arts coverage to new heights and helping to shape the paper in its modern era, died on Tuesday at his home in Manhattan. He was 90.

Jack Agüeros, 79, a Champion of El Barrio, Dies

May 7, 2014 | Alumni

Jack Agüeros was an activist. The term is concise, like his many sonnets, but it hardly captures the expanse of his life, which saw him go from a childhood in East Harlem to defending its Puerto Rican people as an antipoverty official, celebrating its culture by expanding and moving El Museo del Barrio, and memorializing its greatest poet by translating the complete works of Julia de Burgos.