Please join us on Wednesday, March 24, at 6:00 PM EST, for a virtual book launch for Against the Hounds of Hell: A Life of Howard Thurman (UVA Press, 2021) by Peter Eisenstadt. Click here to purchase the book.
Dr. Sarah Azaranski, Associate Professor of Social Ethics will be joined by the book’s author Peter Eisenstadt, EDS at Union’s Dean The Very Rev. Dr. Kelly Brown Douglass, and Assistant Professor of Homiletics Rev. Dr. Timothy Adkins-Jones.
Our panel will discuss the life and works of the renowned theologian, author, and civil rights leader Howard Thurman and they will probe the intersections of black theology, innovative liturgy, and social justice.
About Against the Hounds of Hell: A Life of Howard Thurman
An inspiration to Martin Luther King Jr., James Farmer, and other leaders of the civil rights movement, Howard Thurman was a crucial figure in the advancement of African Americans in the 20th century. Until now, however, he has not received the full biographical treatment he deserves. In Against the Hounds of Hell, Thurman scholar Peter Eisenstadt offers a fascinating exploration of the life of this great religious thinker and activist.
The first significant African American pacifist, Thurman, was the first African American to meet Mahatma Gandhi. An early and outspoken feminist, environmentalist, and advocate for social and economic justice, he was one of the first and most insistent mid-20th century proponents of racial integration. At the same time, he was a key figure in the emergence of mysticism and “spirituality” as an alternative to formal religion. Against the Hounds of Hell will, at last, establish this multifaceted historical personage as a leading figure of 20th-century American politics, religion, and culture.
Peter Eisenstadt is editor of The Encyclopedia of New York State, associate editor of The Papers of Howard Washington Thurman, managing editor of The Encyclopedia of New York City, and executive board member of the New York Academy of History.