The unfinished search for common ground: Howard Thurman & Martin Luther King Jr.’s teachings during The Fire This Time

In celebration of Juneteenth, we present a discussion on the contributions and ideas of Howard Thurman’s “search for common ground” and Martin Luther King, Jr.’s vision of a World House. Today, how do we address resurfaced, deep- seated racial issues? Where and who are the leaders of today? This program is an opportunity to virtually gather to analyze and reimagine ways in which Thurman’s and King’s understandings of community can address the issues and challenges of race and justice in a pluralistic society – the issues with which our country and, indeed the world, struggles.

This program is offered by the Black Alumni Leadership Council and the Boston University Alumni Association.

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Welcome and introduction: Kenneth Elmore (Wheelock)
Associate Provost and Dean of Students, Boston University


Reverend Walter E. Fluker (GRS, STH)
Martin Luther King, Jr. Professor of Ethical Leadership, BU,Retired

Reverend Zina Jacque (STH)
Pastor at Community Church of Barrington

Reverend Brandon Thomas Crowley, PhD
Senior Pastor of the Historic Myrtle Baptist Church in West Newton, Massachusetts

Rose Percy (STH)
Master of Divinity student at Boston University School of Theology

Moderator: Richard Taylor (COM ’71)
Former Trustee, Boston University, Chairman of the Taylor Smith Group, Founding Director of the Center for Real Estate at Suffolk University