Howard Thurman

He was African-American.

He died in San Francisco.

He influenced Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

He was the dean of chapels at Howard and Boston Universities and the first black dean of a majority-white university in the United States.

He co-founded the first major interdenominational church in the United States, the Church of Fellowship of All Peoples.

He Grew up in an all black community in Daytona, Florida.

He graduated valedictorian from undergraduate and seminary.

He studied with a Quaker philosopher and mystic.

While he was at BU a controversial experiment on the effects of hallucinogenic drugs on religious experience was conducted, Good Friday Experiment aka Marsh Chapel Experiment.

Ebony Magazine named him one of the 50 most important figures in African-American history and Life rated him among the twelve most important religious leaders in the U.S.