Obituary: Philip Harder was a banker and civil rights pioneer

  • by: Mark Brunswick , Star Tribune
  • Updated: May 4, 2013 - 4:23 PM

At age 50, Philip Harder left a 21-year career in banking to pursue something different. It wasn’t unusual for him. A year earlier, Harder had been president of the Minneapolis Urban Coalition, which was founded in 1968 as a response to racial strife in Minneapolis. It brought together minority communities, nonprofits and the town’s top corporate leadership in a collaborative effort that had not been seen before or since.

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