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Backs Against the Wall: The Howard Thurman Story

Howard Thurman promotional poster for "Backs Against The Wall"

Monday, November 18, 2019

On November 18, 2019, Vanderbilt Divinity School, The Upper Room, and the Kelly Miller Institute on Black Church Studies will celebrate Howard Thurman’s 120th Birthday with a public screening of the documentary, Backs Against the Wall: The Howard Thurman Story, a film by Martin Doblmeier.

Following the screening, Amy E. Steele, Assistant Dean for Student Affairs and Community Life, will host a conversation on Thurman’s use of religion to condemn racism, to commend grassroots interfaith dialogue, and to explore the depth and intensity of religious experience for the transformation of society with Luther E. Smith, Jr., Professor Emeritus of Church and Community, Candler School of Theology, and Forrest E. Harris, Sr. Associate Professor of the Practice of Ministry and Director of the Kelly Miller Smith Institute on Black Church Studies, Vanderbilt Divinity School.

Reception will begin at 4pm. Screening and conversation immediately following.

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The Schedule

Please note that all events will be held in the Divinity Building on Vanderbilt University's campus

4-4:30PM: Reception | Room 124

4:45-5:45PM: Film Screening | Benton Chapel
5:45-6:30PM: Panel Discussion | Benton Chapel

Panelists include:
Dr. Luther E. Smith, Jr. Professor Emeritus of Church and Community, Candler School of Theology, Emory University

Dr. Forrest E. Harris, Sr. Professor of the Practice of Ministry and Director of the Kelly Miller Smith Institute on Black Church Studies, Vanderbilt Divinity School

Dr. Amy E. Steele Assistant Dean for Student Affairs and Community Life, Vanderbilt Divinity School