5Feb “Backs Against the Wall: The Howard Thurman Story” 6:30pm


The New York Avenue Presbyterian Church
1313 New York Ave NW
Washington DC 20005

This new film explores the life and legacy of one of the most important religious figures of the 20th century. Born the grandson of slaves, Thurman became a “spiritual foundation” for the Civil Rights Movement, inspiring many of its leaders including Martin Luther King, Jr, Jesse Jackson and Congressman John Lewis.

The filmmaker, Martin Doblmeier of Journey Films, will also be present to talk about the film and answer questions. There will be a panel discussion after the screening featuring four local pastors who have been impacted by the life and teachings of Howard Thurman.

This documentary which will be shown around the country on public television stations in February and March of 2019 is co-sponsored by the McClendon Scholar Program at New York Avenue Presbyterian Church and the Howard University School of Divinity.

Free snacks and refreshments will be available at 6:00 pm and free parking will be provided nearby.