James Cone, Founder Of Black Liberation Theology, Dies At 79

Dr. James H. Cone, the founder of Black Liberation Theology, died on Saturday. He was 79-year-old.

Dr. Cone was born in Fordyce, Arkansas. He experienced racial segregation during the 1940s and '50s. He attended Shorter College and Philander Smith College for his undergraduate degree. He also graduated from Garrett Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois, and then earned both a master's and doctorate degree from Northwestern University, in Evanston, Illinois.

In his book, The cross and the lynching tree,  are the two most emotionally charged symbols in the history of the African American community. In this powerful work, Dr. Cone explores these symbols and paradoxical relationship between Jesus’ death on the cross and the atrocious history of the lynchings of blacks by Southern whites, starting in the post-bellum South and leading up to the first decades of the twentieth century.

Since 1969, he worked at New York's Union Theological Seminary until his death.

Among his 11 books, the below were translated into several languages:

A Black Theology of Liberation,
God of the Oppressed,
Martin & Malcolm & America: A Dream or a Nightmare?
The Cross and the Lynching Tree.

Dr. Cone completed his memoir just before his death. According to Union Theological Seminary, Dr. Cone's memoir, Said I wasn't Gonna Tell Nobody is scheduled to be published later this year.

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