Said I Wasn't Gonna Tell Nobody: A Tribute To James Cone

Thu, Feb 28, 2019, 6:00 pm
Location: 
Labyrinth Books Princeton
Audience: 
Public / Open To All
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SAID I WASN'T GONNA TELL NOBODYLabyrinth, The Princeton Public Library, and Princeton's Humanities Council invite you to join us for an evening in tribute and celebration of James Cones life and work.

James H. Cone is widely recognized as the founder of Black Liberation Theologya synthesis of the Gospel message embodied by Martin Luther King, Jr., and the spirit of Black pride embodied by Malcolm X. Prompted by the Detroit riots and the death of King, Cone, a young theology professor, was impelled to write his first book, Black Theology and Black Power, followed by A Black Theology of Liberation. With these works he established himself as one of the most prophetic and challenging voices of our time.

In his powerful and passionate posthumously published memoir, Cone describes the obstacles he overcame to find his voice, to respond to the signs of the times, and to offer a voice for thoselike the parents who raised him in Bearden, Arkansas in the era of lynching and Jim Crowwho had no voice. Recounting lessons learned both from critics and students, and the ongoing challenge of his models King, Malcolm X, and James Baldwin, he describes his efforts to use theology as a tool in the struggle against oppression and for a better world.

James H. Cone (1938-2018) was Professor of Systematic Theology at Union Theological Seminary. His books include Black Theology of LiberationMartin & Malcolm and America: A Dream or a Nightmare, and The Cross and the Lynching Tree, winner of the 2018 Grawemeyer Award in Religion. Elaine Pagels is Professor of Religion at Princeton University and the author of many influential books, including The Gnostic GospelsThe Origin of Satan, and most recently Beyond Belief: The Secret Gospel of Thomas and Why Religion? A Personal StoryEddie Glaude is Professor and Chair of African American Studies at Princeton. He is best known for his books Democracy in Black: How Race Still Enslaves the American Soul, and In a Shade of Blue: Pragmatism and the Politics of Black AmericaTara Bedeau is a former graduate student of James Cones, a licensed attorney and founder of Precise Aim Consulting, and former chaplain at Mount Sinai Hospital.

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