Our own Thurman spoke today about Rev Howard Thurman.  Howard Thurman(1899 – April 10, 1981) was an influential American author, philosopher, theologian, educator and civil rights leader.

Thurman pioneered non-violence in America.  Thurman traveled and met with world figures like Mahatma Gandhi. When Thurman asked Gandhi what message he should take back to the United States, Gandhi said nonviolence would be the way American black men would succeed.  He was the first black man to serve as Dean of Chapel at a majority-white university. He also was a member of the faculty of Boston University’s School of Theology.  The most famous of his many books, Jesus and the Disinherited (1949), was said to have influenced Martin Luther King, Jr. and other leaders, of the modern Civil Rights Movement.

Rev Thurman is one of the most famous and influential people that you have never heard of.

“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”