Hailed by Life magazine as one of the great preachers of the twentieth century; a spiritual advisor to Martin Luther King, Jr., Sherwood Eddy, James Farmer, A. J. Musty, and Pauli Murray; the first black dean at a white university; cofounder of the first interracially pastored, intercultural church in the United States; Howard Thurman (1899-1981) was a man of penetrating foresight and astonishing charisma. His vision of the world was one of a democratic camaraderie born of faith, and in light of today's global community, one of particular importance.
"[Jesus and the Disinherited] is the centerpiece of the
Black prophet-mystic's lifelong attempt to bring the harrowing
beauty of the African-American experience into deep engagement with
what he called 'the religion of Jesus.' Ultimately his goal was to
offer this humanizing combination as the basis for an emancipatory
way of being, moving toward a fundamentally unchained life that is
available to all the women and men everywhere who hunger and thirst
for righteousness, especially those 'who stand with their backs
against the wall.'"
--Vincent Harding, from the Foreword