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Howard Thurman Papers

Howard Washington Thurman (1899–1981) played a leading role in many social justice movements and organizations of the twentieth century. He was one of the principal architects of the modern, nonviolent civil rights movement and a key mentor to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He was Dean of Chapel at Howard University and Boston University for more than two decades, wrote 21 books, and in 1944 helped found a multicultural church. This collection is a highly selective edition of the writings and correspondence of the noted theologian who sought to infuse the philosophy of Mohandas Gandhi into contemporary Christianity and attempted to unite persons of disparate faiths, races, and classes.

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Howard Thurman, Courtesy Boston University


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