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Free Community Film Screening – Backs Against The Wall THE HOWARD THURMAN STORY
February 19 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pmFree
A FREE community film screening of
BACKS AGAINST THE WALL, The Howard Thurman Story
Friday, Feb 19, 2019 – Howard University School of Law Dunbarton Chapel – 2900 Van Ness St. NW, Washington DC 20008
Doors Open at 6:30pm | Screening 7pm | Panel Discussion to Follow
Hosted in conjunction with The Howard University, Andrew Rankin Chapel.
The documentary BACKS AGAINST THE WALL: THE HOWARD THURMAN STORY chronicles the extraordinary life of theologian Howard Thurman, a poet and “mystic” who used a religious expression to help ignite sweeping social change. Thurman was born the grandson of slaves in segregated Daytona, Florida. Despite the circumstances of his upbringing, he went on to become one of the great spiritual and religious pioneers of the 20th century, whose words and influence continue to echo today. His landmark book, Jesus and the Disinherited, was the first to state that Jesus Christ — who was born in poverty as part of a powerless minority — lived a life that spoke directly to black Americans. In his own time, Thurman was a celebrated religious figure with profiles in major magazines such as LOOK, Ebony and others. His efforts at the height of World War II to create the nation’s first interfaith, interracial church stands as a precursor for many contemporary faith communities. And for millions today who consider themselves “spiritual but not religious,” Thurman’s poetry, meditations, sermons and prayers continue to be wildly popular.
Refreshments will be served!