James H. Cone to Receive the 2018 Grawemeyer Award in Religion

James H. Cone is the Bill and Judith Moyers Distinguished Professor of Systematic Theology at Union Theological Seminary in New York City. Recently, he was selected to receive the 2018 Grawemeyer Award in Religion from the Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary and the University of Louisville. The award is given to individuals who publicize creative and significant insights into the relationship between humans and the divine.

Professor Cone was honored for his book The Cross and the Lynching Tree (Orbis Books, 2011). “The crucifixion was clearly a first-century lynching,” said Professor Cone. “Both are symbols of the death of the innocent, mob hysteria, humiliation, and terror.”

Dr. Cone will receive the Grawemeyer Award at a ceremony in Louisville this spring. The award comes with a $100,000 prize.

Dr. Cone is a graduate of Philander Smith College in Little Rock, Arkansas. He holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. from Northwestern University in Illinois.

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  1. Dr. Cone, I can never get enough of your books esp, “Black Theology and Black Power,”you deserve this award, congratulations!

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