America Will Be!

Conversations on Hope, Freedom, and Democracy

By Vincent Harding and Daisaku Ikeda
Dialogue Path Press, August 2013
ISBN 978-1-887917-10-0 / $12.95

Winner of the 2014 Society of Professors of Education Book Award


Join historian Vincent Harding, a friend and advisor to Martin Luther King Jr., and Buddhist leader Daisaku Ikeda as they engage in a thrilling cross-cultural dialogue illuminating the historic events of the American civil rights movement. The movement’s victories, say the authors, expressed a profound vision of freedom, equality, and nonviolent social change that can and should guide our modern experiments in democracy. Above all, the message of America Will Be! is one of hope and human possibility.

Advance Praise for America Will Be!

"Anchored in the civil rights movement, Martin Luther King Jr., and Buddhism, the sixteen conversations between Harding and Ikeda offer insight into the core values that must inform the work of each individual engaged in the struggle for democracy."
- Ceasar McDowell, Professor of the Practice of Community Development, M.I.T.

“Vincent Harding is a national treasure, and his wisdom is profoundly nourishing in this national moment. This groundbreaking dialogue with Daisaku Ikeda is a gift to all of us who approach American democracy not as something which is irreparably broken, but which we have the privilege and pleasure to grow to new maturity.
- Krista Tippett, host of “On Being with Krista Tippett,” and author, Einstein’s God

“It is difficult to imagine two people who are better suited to engage in and to encourage such a deep, probing dialogue about the work that is required to build a multi-racial, multi-ethnic democracy rooted in a shared awareness of the dignity and humanity of us all."
- Michelle Alexander, author, The New Jim Crow, and associate professor of law, Ohio State University

“I have long known that Vincent Harding is the most profound living interpreter of the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. America Will Be! is packed with valuable insights about what Vincent calls the movement 'to expand democracy in America.' As Harding and Ikeda learn from one another, readers of this inspiring book can listen and be enlightened.”
- Clayborne Carson, editor of the papers of Martin Luther King Jr., and founding director, the King Institute at Stanford University


VINCENT HARDING is chairperson of the Veterans of Hope Project at the Iliff School of Theology in Denver, Colorado. Friend and confidant of Martin Luther King, Jr., his books include Hope and History: Why We Must Share the Story of the Movement.

DAISAKU IKEDA is founder and president of the Soka Gakkai International, a lay Buddhist organization with twelve million members worldwide. He has written and lectured widely on Buddhism, humanism, and global ethics.


Daisaku Ikeda and Vincent Harding

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