Prominent Harvard theologian and author Peter Gomes has died at age 68. The Harvard Crimson reports that Gomes died last night after suffering a brain aneurysm and a heart attack.
Gomes, an African American, was born in Boston but he grew up in Plymouth, Massachusetts and became a nationally-recognized Baptist preacher and a Harvard professor.
He was also openly gay and was fascinated with the Pilgrims' story.
In this video, Peter Gomes recites the 1935 poem, “The D.A.R. lings…” written by Arthur Guiterman for The New Yorker:
This segment aired on March 1, 2011.