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Howard Thurman



Howard Thurman (1899–1981) was an American theologian, author, and civil rights leader whose work influenced Martin Luther King Jr. and other prominent figures in the social justice movement. His spiritual teachings, rooted in nonviolence, continue to impact activists who seek equality.

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Backs Against the Wall: The Howard Thurman Story

Backs Against the Wall: The Howard Thurman Story explores the extraordinary life and legacy of one of the most important religious figures of the 20th century.

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The Creative Encounter

Howard Thurman writes here about the "meaning of the religious experience as it involves the individual totally, which means inclusive of feelings and emotions."

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Rev. Howard Thurman: ‘The Preacher’s Preacher’

Many argue the Black American struggle for freedom and justice in the 20th century was facilitated mainly via two paths: faith (the church) and the law (the courtroom).

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FindCenter Quotes ImageWhatever may be the tensions and the stresses of a particular day, there is always lurking close at hand the trailing beauty of forgotten joy or unremembered peace.

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Temptations of Jesus

In Tempations of Jesus, Howard Thurman takes us to the wilderness. With Jesus, we face the Tempter's challenges. We rejoice in the choices Jesus makes, in his insistence on doing God's will, and we pray for his guidance as we face the dilemmas of our own lives.

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Deep Is the Hunger

Meditations by Howard Thurman on timeless religious themes: A Sense of History, A Sense of Self, A Sense of Presence, and For the Quiet. Originally written for the bulletin at the Church for the Fellowship of All Peoples in San Francisco.

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The Luminous Darkness

The Luminous Darkness is a commentary on what segregation does to the human soul. First published in the 1960s, Howard Thurman's insights apply today as we still try to heal the wound of those days.

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FindCenter Quotes ImageDon’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.

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“Howard Thurman: Tutor to the World”

Morehouse College Associate Professor of Philosophy Kipton Jensen discusses theologian Howard Thurman (1899–1981), an adherent of Gandhi’s philosophy of nonviolence, mentor to Martin Luther King Jr., and one of the unsung heroes of the American civil rights movement.

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With Head and Heart: The Autobiography of Howard Thurman

Howard Thurman was a unique man—a black minister, philosopher, and educator whose vitality and vision touched the lives of countless people of all races, faiths, and cultures.

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