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Visions of a Better World: Howard Thurman's Pilgrimage to India and the Origins of African American Nonviolence

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In 1935, at the height of his powers, Howard Thurman, one of the most influential African American religious thinkers of the twentieth century, took a pivotal trip to India that would forever change him—and that would ultimately shape the course of the civil rights movement in the United States.
 
When Thurman (1899–1981) became the first African American to meet with Maha
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Published August 30th 2011 by Beacon Press (first published January 1st 2011)
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Alcina
This was a most engaging biography. Quite possibly because the blend of themes and philosophies his life touched on are so interesting and inspiring to me. An early Christian environmentalist! A Feminist man in the 30s! A mystic theologian, grappling with and studying on the religion of the oppressor; addressing the complexity of being black and Christian in Jim Crow America. Concluding that Christ is a representative of the oppressed. Thurman was an intellectual and a spiritual mystical Christi ...more
Andre Cortez
Such an inspiring book! The author takes the reader through a series of events in the life of Howard Thurman up to the ultimate event: meeting Mahatma Ghandhi. It wonderfully chronicles how many of the events of Dr. Thurman's life prepared him for that moment to be in an intellectual discourse with one of the greatest civil rights activists in the world. I enjoyed learning about Thurman's uphill battle with race, gender, and theology which was perpetuated through much of his life's major events. ...more
Carlos for friends
The only reason I gave this 4 stars rather than 5 is that the book makes you want to learn more about Howard Thurman, though it may be the case that the book conveys as much as can be known about a person who did not leave a complete written record of his life. The book is well written and holds your interest, particularly if you are aware of the history of the times in which Thurman lived.
Thomas Stama
Great biography on Howard Thurman and how much he influenced Martin Luther King, Jr.!
Appropriate to finish it near the tomorrow's national holiday honoring the martyred MLK!
Thurman in 1943 help found a church in San Francisco. The Church for the Fellowship of All Peoples was just two blocks away from where I lived on Russian Hill for 10 years! Small world. May his memory be eternal!
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