Dr. Elizabeth Bounds
Celebrating James H. Cone, Presented by Candler School of Theology, Emory University
In his posthumous memoir, Said I Wasn’t Gonna Tell Nobody (2018), James H. Cone said of his career, “I write because writing is the way I fight. Teaching is the way I resist, doing what I can to subvert white supremacy.” Cone, known as “the father of black liberation theology,” died on April 28, 2018. Decades after his groundbreaking Black Theology and Black Power (1969) and A Black Theology of Liberation (1970), his masterpiece The Cross and the Lynching Tree (2011), had won him new audiences in the age of #BlackLivesMatter, as well as the prestigious 2018 Grawemeyer Award. This session will feature several of James Cone’s students and colleagues, reflecting on his life and legacy, his impact as a teacher, mentor, and colleague, and the meaning of his work for today. This session is presented by the Laney Moral Leadership Program at Candler School of Theology, Emory University.
Dr. Letitia M. Campbell is Assistant Professor in the Practice of Ethics and Society; Director of Contextual Education I and Clinical Pastoral Education; and Senior Program Coordinator for the Laney Program in Moral Leadership at the Candler School of Theology at Emory University.