Epiphany Catholic School
5557 SW 84 Street
Miami, FL 33143
Dr. Howard Thurman,
November 18, 1899-April 10, 1981, born in Daytona Beach Florida. A self made
man graduated with honors from Morehouse College and the Colgate Rochester
Divinity School. Thurman extended his ministry by serving as Director of
Religious Life at Morehouse and Spelman Colleges. He was selected as the first
dean of Rankin Chapel at Howard University.
Throughout his career,
Thurman traveled heading missionary trips. One of his most memorable was a
meeting with Mahatma Ghandi, where Ghandi told him he regretted not having made
nonviolence more visible as a practice worldwide and suggested some American
black men would succeed where he had failed. He left his post at Howard
University, to establish the Church of the Fellowship of All People in San
Francisco, the first racially integrated church in the United States. Dr.
Thurman was invited to Boston University, and became the first black person to
be named tenured Dean of chapel at a majority white university.
A prolific writer, Thurman wrote about 20 books of
ethical and cultural criticism. His books influenced leaders of the Civil
Rights Movement, such as Martin Luther King Jr. He later served as spiritual
advisor to Martin Luther king Jr. Howard Thurman left a legacy. Thurman was
named honorary Canon of the Cathedral of Saint john Divine. He was named one of
the 50 most important figures in African-American history. Life magazine named
him one of the 12 most important religious leaders in the United States.