The documentary “Backs Against the Wall: The Howard Thurman Story” chronicles the extraordinary life of theologian Howard Thurman, a poet and “mystic,” who used religious expression to help ignite sweeping social change. Despite the difficult 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.
“Backs Against the Wall: The Howard Thurman Story” Documentary Film Showing with filmmaker Martin Doblmeier
April 14, 2019 4:00PM
Chapman Fnd. Recital Hall
Backs Against the Wall
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