The Howard & Sue Bailey Thurman CollectionsThe Thurman Family

The Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center at Boston University welcomes you to explore the words and wisdom of one of the twentieth century's most extraordinary public theologians, educators, and civil rights figures, Dr. Howard Thurman (1899-1981), and his wife, Sue Bailey Thurman (1903-1996).

This site is the portal to the searchable inventories of their archival collections and to hundreds of digital audio recordings of Dr. Thurman's sermons, lectures, meditations, and speeches. EXPANDING COMMON GROUND has been made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the Human Endeavor.NEH Logo


Listen to a "We Believe" Recording

Click here to listen to a sound recording of Dr. Howard Thurman on the weekly television series, "We Believe."

This program aired in Boston from 1958-1965 while Thurman was Dean of the Chapel at Boston University. These meditations are no longer than 15 minutes, but highly representative of his style, influence, and search for common ground. Visit often to listen to different segments.

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