by Peter R. Eisenstadt
An inspiration to Martin Luther King Jr., and other civil rights leaders, Howard Thurman was a crucial figure in the history of African Americans in the twentieth century. This book offers a fascinating exploration of the life of this religious thinker and activist. The first significant African American pacifist, Thurman was the first African American to meet Mahatma Gandhi. An early and outspoken feminist, environmentalist, and advocate for social and economic justice, he was one of the first and most insistent mid-twentieth-century proponents of racial integration. Thurman dedicated his career to challenging what he called the "hounds of hell" - the ways in which fear, deception, and hatred so often dogged the steps of African Americans and the marginalized and disinherited peoples of the world. This biography will at last give Howard Thurman the respect and attention he deserves.
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