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Howard Thurman


Howard Thurman, American clergyman. Fellow National Council Religion Higher Education, American Academy Arts and Sciences; member; Fellowship of Reconciliation.


Thurman, Howard was born on November 18, 1900 in Daytona Beach, Florida, United States. Son of Saul Solomon and Alice (Ambrose) Thurman.


Bachelor of Arts, Morehouse College, 1923, honorary Doctor of Divinity 1935. Bachelor of Divinity, Rochester Theological Seminary, 1926. Doctor of Divinity, Wesleyan College, Connecticut, 1946.

Honorary Doctor of Divinity, Lincoln U., Howard U., 1955. Oberlin College, 1958, Boston University, 1967. Doctor of Humanities, Ohio Wesleyan University, 1954, Virginia State University, 1959.

Doctor of Laws, Washington University, 1955, Allen U., 1954. Doctor of Letters, Tuskeegee Institute, 1956. Doctor of Humane Letters, Florida Normal College, 1961.


Ordained to ministry Baptist Church, 1925. Pastor Mount Zion Baptist Church, Oberlin, Ohio, 1926-1928. Professor religion Morehouse College, 1928-1931.

Professor systematic theology, dean of chapel Howard U., Washington, 1932-1944. Pastor Church for.


  • Author: The Greatest of These, 1945. Deep River, 1946, review 1955. Mediations for Apostles of Sensitiveness, 1947.

    The Negro Spiritual Speaks of Life and Death, 1947. Jesus and the Disinherited, 1948. Deep is the Hunger, 1951.

    Meditations of the Heart, 1953. The Creative Encounter, 1954. Apostles of Sensitiveness, 1956.

    The Growing Edge, 1956. Footprints of a Dream, 1959. The Inward Journey, published 1961.

    Temptations of Jesus, 1962. Disciplines of the Spirit, 1963. The Luminous Darkness, 1965.

    The Centering Moment, 1969. The Search for Common Ground, 1971. A Track to the Water’s Edge, 1973.

    The Mood of Christmas, 1973. Contributor Interpreter’s Bible, Volume 7.


Fellow National Council Religion Higher Education, American Academy Arts and Sciences. Member; Fellowship of Reconciliation. Clubs: Federal City (Washington), Book of California, Massachusetts Schoolmasters.


Married Sue E. Bailey, June 12, 1932. Children: Anne (Mistress.

Saul Solomon Thurman

Alice (Ambrose) Thurman

Sue E. Bailey

Anne (Mrs Thurman