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B-CU to Host Howard Thurman Fall Lecture

The Howard Thurman Fall Lecture is scheduled for November 15 at 7 p.m. in the Heyn Chapel located on the campus of Bethune-Cookman University. The event is sponsored by the departments of Speech Communication, Theatre and Visual Arts and the department of Religion, Philosophy and Humanities.

"We are pleased to welcome Dr. Alice Wood," said Dr. Kekeli Nuviadenu, chair of the department of Speech Communication, Theatre and Visual Arts. "She will explore the Thurman-Gandhi connection."

Dr. Alice Wood is chair of the Religion, Philosophy and Humanities department. Last summer, she traveled to India on a National Endowment for the Humanities seminar, where she read and studied about the Gandhi and the Indian Independence Movement.

Dr. C.W. Dawson, Jr., assistant professor of philosophy, and Dr. Paula McKenzie, associate professor of communication, will serve as moderators for the evening. This is the third Howard Thurman Lecture on the B-CU campus.

Howard Thurman was a native of Daytona Beach, born in 1899. Graduating from Morehouse College as valedictorian in 1923, he later earned his doctorate at Haverford. In 1932, he became dean of the Rankin Chapel at Howard University. In 1936, Thurman met with Mahatma Gandhi. In his autobiography, he wrote that Gandhi's wish was that the message of non-violence be sent to the world by African-Americans. In 1944 Thurman left his tenured position at Howard to help establish the Church for the Fellowship of All Peoples in San Francisco. It was the first integrated, intercultural church in the United States. In 1953, he became the first African American Dean of Marsh Chapel at Boston University (1953-1965). Ebony Magazine cited Thurman as one of the 50 most important figures in African American history. An influential, prolific writer, he produced more than 20 books. Jesus and the Disinherited (1949) is his most famous work.

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