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THE PSALM of HOWARD THURMAN

A FILM BY ARLEIGH PRELOW

 

ABOUT THE FILM

 

The Psalm of Howard Thurman is the first feature-length documentary film on the life and wisdom of one of the world's greatest spiritual treasures, Howard Thurman (1899-1981).

The film introduces audiences to Thurman’s uplifting story, his transcendent  yet grounded presence, and his important voice for our times. The film aspires to be a psalm,

a lyrical work of beauty and truth, and a creative utterance that moves, touches and inspires.

 

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ABOUT HOWARD THURMAN

A JOURNEY OF HEART, MIND AND SOUL

 

Thurman attended high school in Jacksonville, Florida. He later completed studies at Morehouse College, Atlanta in 1923 and the Rochester Theological Seminary, New York in 1926. In 1929, after serving his first pastorship in Oberlin, Ohio, Thurman returned to Atlanta to serve as Professor of Religion and Philosophy and Director of Religious Life at Morehouse and Spelman Colleges. Thurman felt that it was his immediate responsibility to inspire and encourage students in their individual quests for the truth."

 

In 1935,  while a professor at Howard University in Washington, D.C., Thurman and his wife, Sue Bailey Thurman, led a pilgrimage of African Americans to Ceylon, Burma and India and met with Mahatma Gandhi. As a result of this trip, he formulated, a generation before Martin Luther King Jr., a non-violent approach to social change in America. This "love-ethic" informed one of Thurman's best known works, Jesus and the Disinherited, a book which later influenced King and other leaders of the Civil Rights Movement.

 

At the close of the 1935 pilgrimage, looking down into Afghanistan at the Khyber Pass, Thurman experienced a vision of a church that would be open to "seekers of all colors and creeds." He was compelled to see if "experiences of spiritual unity among peoples could be more compelling than the experiences which divide them."

 

Howard and Sue Bailey Thurman

India, 1935

Howard Thurman Birth Home, Daytona, Florida, USA

HOWARD THURMAN was born in Daytona, Florida in 1899. Early on, he developed a kinship with nature and a "hunger of the heart"--a curiosity into the meaning of life. He found refuge during times of loneliness and trepidation in an old oak tree in his back yard. It was while young Howard stood with his back placed firmly against the tree that he first felt the unity of all living things and engaged in what he would later call, "the religious experience."

 

As a young boy Thurman was raised by a strong and affirming grandmother. She was a former slave who had a profound influence on what would become an essential part of Thurman's thought--that if theology is to have any validity, it must justly deal with one's life situation and must affirm one's worth as a child of God.

 

 

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“Arleigh Prelow is the right person to create a documentary about Dr. Thurman. She has the spiritual sensibility to understand his life and convey who he was in a truthful and meaningful way.”

 

- Sue Bailey Thurman (before her death in 1996)

ARLEIGH PRELOW

PRODUCER/ DIRECTOR

Emmy winning composer Joel Goodman has scored over 100 films and television programs that have received 4 Oscar nominations, 15 Emmy awards and over 25 Emmy nominations.

JOEL GOODMAN

COMPOSER

BIO

BIO

GALLERY

 

CAPTURING MOMENTS THROUGH THE YEARS

SUE BAILEY THURMAN

HISTORIAN AND WIFE OF HOWARD THURMAN

 

FOUNDING MEMBER OF  FELLOWSHIP CHURCH,

SAN FRANCISCO

VIRGINIA SCARDIGLI

RABBI ZALMAN SCHACHTER-SHALOMI

STUDENT OF HOWARD THURMAN AND

FOUNDER, JEWISH RENEWAL MOVEMENT

DR. LUTHER SMITH

 ADVISOR, THE PSALM OF HOWARD THURMAN,

PROFESSOR EMERITUS, CANDLER SCHOOL OF THEOLOGY

ADVISOR, THE PSALM OF HOWARD THURMAN

HISTORIAN AND ACTIVIST

ARLEIGH AND DR. VINCENT G. HARDING

THEN UNITED STATES SENATOR, ILLINOIS

ARLEIGH WITH PRESIDENT

BARACK OBAMA

MEDIA

 

INTERVIEWS WITH ARLEIGH PRELOW, PRODUCER/DIRECTOR

 

THURMAN TODAY

 

THE SPIRIT AND WORK OF HOWARD THURMAN LIVES ON

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THE PSALM of HOWARD THURMAN

A FILM BY ARLEIGH PRELOW

 

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