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Howard Washington Thurman was an important African-American author, theologian, and civil rights leader. His theology of radical nonviolence influenced a generation of civil rights activists. He was a key mentor to leaders within the civil rights movement, including Martin Luther King, Jr.

Here are two quotes from him:

Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.

During times of war, hatred becomes quite respectable, even though it has to masquerade often under the guise of patriotism.

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