The Acorn 19 (2):197-202 (2019)

Gail Presbey
University of Detroit Mercy
Azaransky's work highlights the theological contributions of Howard Thurman, Benjamin Mays, William Stuart Nelson, Pauli Murray and Bayard Rustin. She makes a compelling case that each of these thinker-activists needs to be better appreciated for their cutting-edge theological insights based on their thought and life experience with Mohandas Gandhi and his spiritual activism. Each reinterprets their own Christian views based on this larger worldwide experience that they have gained through study and/or travel. In this way they prefigure or lay the groundwork for more recent approaches to spirituality such as those held by the Black Lives Matter movement's leaders, which draws upon multiple religious traditions to find the spiritual guidance and sustenance needed to confront our world's current injustices.
Keywords Howard Thurman  Benjamin Mays  William Stuart Nelson  Pauli Murray  Bayard Rustin  Mohandas Gandhi  Nonviolence  Inter-religious dialogue  African American theology
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DOI 10.5840/acorn201919218
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