• Rich Barlow

    Senior Writer

    Rich Barlow

    Rich Barlow is a senior writer at BU Today and Bostonia magazine. Perhaps the only native of Trenton, N.J., who will volunteer his birthplace without police interrogation, he graduated from Dartmouth College, spent 20 years as a small-town newspaper reporter, and is a former Boston Globe religion columnist, book reviewer, and occasional op-ed contributor. Profile

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There are 7 comments on Who Was Howard Thurman?

  1. In reading your article on Howard Thurman, based on his views and teaching about the human spirit and community, I believe he would not agree with the views of Raul Fernandez and the approach to the human community today through divisive terms like equity, diversity and inclusion.

    We should not be defining the community we live in today by focusing on racial or gender divides but by all of us achieving internal spiritual happiness, respecting each other and making that part of our everyday life in the world.

  2. I remember Howard Thurman in a Boston University School of Theology class on preaching describing the death of his follow, preparation of the body in their home. To be in Dr. Thurman’s presence that day was one of the most memorable experiences of my three years at BUST.

  3. I recall Dean Thurmond from my years as undergraduate at BU CLA. It was new and exciting to me, a New Englander, to find such a majestic and spiritual presence at the college. Though I cannot express my admiration in monetary fashion, being retired and on low fixed income, I want you to know some graduates still remember him and have always been proud to say so.

  4. I grew up hearing a story from my father, Rev. Dr. Echol L. Nix, Sr. about him driving Dr. Howard Thurman to the airport after Thurman preached a Vesper service at Mississippi Valley State University (MVSU), where my father was an undergraduate student. A scholarship was named after Thurman at MVSU and my father was a recipient. Dad said as Thurman was exiting the car, he thanked him for the scholarship assistance and Thurman replied, “When you are in a position to help others, pass it on.” It was an honor for me to place the ashes of Howard Thurman, handed to me in an urn by Mrs. Sue Bailey Thurman during the dedication of the new Howard Thurman Bell Tower at Morehouse College in May, 1995, as one of the graduation events organized by Dr. Lawrence E. Carter, Sr., a fellow BU alumnus.

  5. Howard Thurman was an incredible influence in my life. My dad, dr sam hedrick, and mom spent an incredible three day weekend at his dunes cabin in Provincetown when I was in junior high school. He was the most gentle, twinkly eyed, bass voiced, and truly interesting man I ever met. There was sincerity in his every syllable and a concern for and interest in others in his every movement. My dad was at Bust at an incredible time, Martin and Corretta King were frequent visitors at our home in newton but to be honest one of the people from that period I remember most and most positively was Howard Thurman.

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