Thursday, March 21 – “Backs Against the Wall” Film Screening

Join us Thursday, March 21 at 5:30 pm at Celebration! Woodland Theatre for a free screening of the recent PBS documentary Backs Against the Wall: The Howard Thurman Story. After the film, a panel will discuss the impact Thurman had on Civil Rights Movement as well as on the American Church.

Everyone is welcome. Seats are limited.


Backs Against The Wall: The Howard Thurman Story explores the extraordinary 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.

In the mid-1930s, Thurman was the first Black American invited to meet Mohandas Gandhi who shared his strategy of non-violent resistance. Gandhi suggested it would be through the African-American experience that the non-violence resistance movement could take on global significance. When Thurman returned to America, his writings and speeches planted the early seeds for the non-violent Civil Rights Movement.

Thurman is also remembered for helping launch The Fellowship Church for All People in San Francisco, a pioneering venture to create the nation’s first interracial, intercultural church community. Thurman was a gifted and prolific writer who authored more than 20 books and celebrated as one of the great preachers of his era.