Politics Meet the Gandhian theologian who helped MLK see the value of nonviolence Updated : January 23, 2020 04:27 PM IST The relationship of Thurman’s mysticism and King’s activism provides a fascinating model for how spiritual and social transformation can work together in a person’s life. Howard Thurman had served as dean of Marsh Chapel at Boston University from 1953 to 1965. In his sermons during the 1950s and 1960s, King quoted and paraphrased Thurman extensively. Subscribe to Moneycontrol PRO at just Rs.33/- per month for the first year. Use code SUPERPRO. Limited period offer. Available on Web and Android.