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african american christians

James Cone wins 2018 Grawemeyer Award in Religion

Between 1880 and 1940, nearly 5,000 black men and women were lynched in the United States. In response, African-American Christians turned to their religion and to the cross of Jesus as a symbol of suffering but also of profound hope. Despite these violent killings and the centrality of the cross in Christian communities, the lynching tree did not occupy any space in the American theological imagination.