The Rev. James Hal Cone taught at Union Theological Seminary until eventually his lo s of life. He was there for decades and taught generations of students.Filip Wolak /Union Theological Seminaryhide captiontoggle captionFilip Wolak /Union Theological SeminaryThe Rev. James Hal Cone launched a radical non secular discu sion in 1969. With his guide, Black Theology & Black Power, he challenged the dominant white theological paradigm. Cone laid out his specific argument for “God’s radical identification with black people in the United States,” according to a statement from New York’s Union Theological Seminary where he worked for many years before his death on Saturday. He released what would come to be known as Black Liberation Theology, and the dialogue reverberated acro s theological and cultural circles.Cone was born in Fordyce, Ark., and experienced the intense racial segregation of the 1940s and ’50s. He attended Shorter College and Philander Smith College for his undergraduate degree. He also graduated from what was then called Garrett Theological Zhaire Smith Jersey Seminary in Evanston, Ill., and then earned both a master’s and doctorate degree from Northwestern University, also in Evanston, Ill.Interviews Black Liberation Theology, in its Founder’s Words Cone became a minister in an African Methodist Episcopal church, and in 1969, he joined the faculty at Union and was promoted to full profe sor four years later.”Fifty years of https://www.76ersedge.com/Joel-Embiid-Jersey scholars walk out of his cla s they walk out in tears, they walk out inspired, they walk out troubled,” seminary president Serene Jones told NPR’s Colin Dwyer. “But they all walk out feeling deeply touched by his kindne s and his fiercene s.” During his decades at Union, Cone focused on black liberation theology and liberation theologies of Africa, Asia and Latin America, and spoke at conferences acro s the country. YouTube His numerous books were translated acro s continents and languages including A Black Theology of Liberation, God of the Oppre sed, Martin & Malcolm & America: A Dream or a Nightmare? and The Cro s and the Lynching Tree. According to Union Theological Seminary, he completed a memoir just before his dying. Said I Wasn’t Gonna Tell Nobody is scheduled to be published later this year.Dr. James Cone: well done, good and faithful servant. Mourning a friend, teacher, and mentor. Absolutely heartbroken at his pa sing. pic.twitter.com/K6NHfQBr73 Yolanda Pierce (@YNPierce) April 28, 2018 #JamesCone: brilliant connector. Like #MLK, he taught that the work of justice and liberation are irrevocable ‘Christian’ imperatives. > The Gospel of liberation is bad news to all oppre sors because they have defined their ‘freedom’ in terms of slavery of others. Rest high. pic.twitter.com/N7tvbCr4XL The King Center (@TheKingCenter) April 28, 2018 In a 2008 interview with Fresh Air’s Terry Gro s, Cone described Black Liberation Theology as a belief that God is concerned with the poorest and weakest members of society. In most cases, Cone said, those people were black. “Black theology is an understanding of the Gospel which sees justice for the poor as the very heart of what the Christian Gospel is about and the very heart of what God is doing in this world,” he said. Cone preached that black Americans were not made for exploitation or slavery, but rather for the freedom that all followers of the Gospel strove toward.He was inspired by both the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X. King, he said, gave black theology its Christian identity. Malcolm X gave black theology its black identity. The Record Faith Under Fire: Jay Z’s ‘Spiritual’ Is A Modern Song Of Sorrow “It’s important because https://www.76ersedge.com/Dana-Barros-Jersey we were black before we were Christian,” he said in the interview.Black Liberation Theology supports a black Christian’s self-esteem, Cone said. Without loving yourself, he said, you cannot love one another.Cone is survived by two daughters, Robyn and Krystal; two sons, Michael and Charles; and two grandchildren, Jolei and Miles.