James H. Cone (1938-2018), was known as the founder of Black liberation theology, he was the Bill and Judith Moyers Distinguished Professor of Systematic Theology at Union Theological Seminary. He attended Shorter College (1954-1956) and holds a B.A. degree from Philander Smith College (1958). In 1961, he received a Master of Divinity degree from Garrett Theological Seminary and later earned an M.A. (1963) and Ph.D. (1965) from Northwestern University. Dr. Cone has been conferred thirteen (13) honorary degrees, including an honoris causa from the Institut Protestant de Theologie in Paris, France.
Among his numerous awards are the American Black Achievement Award in religion given by Ebony magazine (November 1992), the Fund for Theological Education Award for contributions to theological education and scholarship (November 1999), the Martin E. Marty Award for the Public Understanding of Religion (2009), the Eliza Garrett Distinguished Service Award in recognition of seminal theological scholarship from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary (2010).
Dr. Cone is an ordained minister in the African Methodist Episcopal Church. He is listed in the Directory of American Scholars, in Who's Who in America, Who's Who in American Religion, Who's Who among African Americans, and Who's Who in the World. He is the author of twelve (12) books and over 150 articles and has lectured at many universities and community organizations throughout the United States, Europe, Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbean. He is an active member of numerous professional societies, including the Society for the Study of Black Religion, the American Academy of Religion, and the Ecumenical Association of Third World Theologians in the Philippines, and is a founding member of the Society of Race, Ethnicity, and Religion.
Dr. Cone is best known for his ground-breaking works, Black Theology & Black Power (1969) which represents an initial attempt to identify liberation as the heart of the Christian gospel, and of Blackness as the primary mode of God's presence relating to the struggle for liberation with the gospel message of salvation to lay the foundation for an interpretation of Christianity and A Black Theology of Liberation (1970) that combine the visions of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. to reappraise Christianity from the perspective of the oppressed Black community in North America;
he is also the author of God of the Oppressed (1975), reflections on...