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James H. Cone, Charles A. Briggs Distinguished Professor of Systematic Theology at Union Theological Seminary, is widely regarded as one of the most influential theologians in America. His books include Black Theology & Black Power, A Black Theology of Liberation, The Spirituals & the Blues, God of the Oppressed, and Martin & Malcolm & America: A Dream or a Nightmare.
"One of the Top 11 Religion Books of the Year," The Huffington Post First Place Winner in Theology, Catholic Press Association Gold Medal Winner, Independent Book Publishers Book Awards "No one has explored the spiritual world of African Americans with the depth or breadth of Cone. Here he turns his attention to two symbols that dominated not only the spiritual world but also the daily life of African Americans in the twentieth century. In their inextricable tie, he finds both the terror and hope that governed life under violent racism as well as potent symbols of the African American past and present in the United States." - Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Harvard University "Once again James Cone demonstrates why he is indispensable as an interpreter of faith, race, and the American experience." - Bill Moyers "James Cone is a world-historical figure in twentieth-century Christian theology. The Cross and the Lynching Tree is a powerful and painful song for hope in our dance with mortality - a song Cone courageously has led for over forty years!" - Cornel West, Princeton University