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Black history: liberated and affirmed

I was afforded the opportunity, while studying at The Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology, as part of our curriculum, to read the writings of the Rev. Dr. James Cone. He is the founder of Black Liberation Theology. In a 2018 NPR interview with Terry Gross, the Rev. Dr. James Cone explains Black Liberation Theology. Cone explains that at the core of Black liberation theology is an effort—in a white-dominated society, in which Black has been defined as evil—to make the gospel relevant to the life and struggles of American blacks, and to help Black people learn to love themselves (Gross, 2018). Dr. Cone’s writing includes, “The Cross and The Lynching Tree,” among other works.

Black History Month celebrates the contributions of African Americans to history through their accomplishments, struggles for freedom and civil rights. This observance started out as a week of celebration in February by Dr. Carter Woodson in 1926; in 1975, it became a month of celebration. However, in the mi...

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