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Mon Jan 20, 2020, 02:30 PM

Commentary: The man who counseled King

For African-Americans who grew up with the legacy of segregation, disfranchisement, lynching, and violence, retreat from social struggle was unthinkable. Martin Luther King Jr., however, learned from some important mentors how to integrate spiritual growth and social transformation.

As a historian, who has studied how figures in American history struggled with similar questions, I believe one major influence on Kingís thought was the African-American minister, theologian, and mystic Howard Thurman.

The influence of Howard Thurman: Born in 1899, Thurman was 30 years older than King, the same age, in fact, as Kingís father. Through his sermons and teaching at Howard University and Boston University, he influenced intellectually and spiritually an entire generation that became the leadership of the civil rights movement.

Among his most significant contributions was bringing the ideas of nonviolence to the movement. It was Thurmanís trip to India in 1935, where he met Mahatma Gandhi, that was greatly influential in incorporating the principles of nonviolence in the African-American freedom struggle.

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Mon Jan 20, 2020, 05:07 PM

1. Spiritual growth and social transformation...definitely connected! ❤

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