Backs Against The Wall: The Howard Thurman Story

FREE Screening & Discussion

Thursday, May 9th, 6:30 p.m.

Second Presbyterian Church


More about the film:

Backs Against The Wall 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.

Backs Against The Wall is produced and directed by Martin Doblmeier, who will introduce the film. The screening at Second Presbyterian Church will conclude with a discussion.

Film interviews include: John Lewis, Barbara Brown Taylor, Vernon Jordan, Jesse L. Jackson, Sr., Gregory Ellison, Walter Earl Fluker.

More information:

LOCATION: Second Presbyterian Church of Charleston Sanctuary

342 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC 29403  Directions

CONTACT: (843)723-9237

PARKING: The Second Presbyterian Church parking lot is available for the event at the corner of John and Elizabeth Streets. There is also street parking (both metered and residential) on John, Elizabeth, and Charlotte Streets.

SPONSORS: This community screening presented at Second Presbyterian Church is sponsored by:

  • Charleston Atlantic Presbytery

  • Charleston Illumination Project

  • Westminster Presbyterian Church

  • Mount Pleasant Presbyterian Church

  • First(Scots) Presbyterian Church

  • Mt. Zion AME

  • Mt. Moriah Baptist Church

  • Second Presbyterian Church

Second Presbyterian Church of Charleston is a visionary participant in the downtown cultural and spiritual renewal taking place in Charleston and across the country. We are seizing God's call to be a part of it and seeking to partner with the community in meaningful and encouraging ways. We are always looking for visionaries, revolutionaries, and humble dissenters - who relish the thought of taking "old" church and making all things new in Christ.

Second Presbyterian Church is a progressive, Christ-centered congregation where everybody feels welcomed.