Session 1: “Before Martin, Howard: A Revolutionary Interpretation of Jesus”

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When Martin Luther King, Jr. was a child he listened to hours of conversation between his father and a friend from Morehouse College, Howard Thurman. Years later, when MLK, Jr. was a Ph.D. student at Boston University, his path crossed Howard Thurman’s once again while Thurman served as the first African-American Dean of the Chapel at Boston University. King is rumored to have carried a copy of Thurman’s foundational work, “Jesus and the Disinherited,” in his jacket pocket throughout the Civil Rights Movement. This workshop explores Thurman’s revolutionary understanding of “the religion of Jesus,” reflects on how it shaped the souls of civil rights leaders, and empowers you to act on his profoundly hopeful and liberating message in our own time and place.

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