Dr. Lerita Coleman Brown is a retreat leader, speaker, spiritual companion, and professor emerita of psychology at Agnes Scott College. With a BA from the University of California-Santa Cruz, a PhD from Harvard University, and a certificate from Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation, Brown frequently speaks on contemplative spirituality and Howard Thurman. Brown is the author of numerous articles, essays, an edited volume, and When the Heart Speaks, Listen: Discovering Inner Wisdom. She has been featured in PBS documentaries about Howard Thurman and the Black church. She lives in Stone Mountain, Georgia.