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The Troubles in Mind Nobody Knows: James Cone’s Enduring Witness and the Spirituals, Sacred and Secular
Union is pleased to announce the Second Annual James H. Cone Lecture will be presented by Dr. Cheryl Townsend Gilkes. In honor of Dr. James H. Cone, the father of Black Liberation Theology, this annual lecture will continue forth his legacy of prophetic Black theological and religious thought that pricks the conscience of America.
Join us Wednesday, April 6 at 6:00 p.m. EST, as Dr. Cheryl Townsend Gilkes, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Professor of African-American Studies and Sociology and director of the African American Studies Program at Colby College will deliver a lecture titled The Troubles in Mind Nobody Knows: James Cone’s Enduring Witness and the Spirituals, Sacred and Secular.
The lecture will focus on the impact and the importance of James Cones’ 1972 publication, The Spirituals and the Blues, which is marking its 50th anniversary this year. It’s an important component to understand the current struggle over the knowledge about slavery and the experience of the people who were enslaved. RSVP to attend in-person or virtually.
There will be a moderated conversation and Q&A with Dr. Gilkes after the lecture.
About Cheryl Townsend Gilkes
Dr. Cheryl Townsend Gilkes (Pronounced “Jillks”) is the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Professor of African-American Studies and Sociology and director of the African American Studies Program at Colby College in Waterville, Maine. An ordained Baptist minister, she is an assistant pastor for special projects at the Union Baptist Church in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and holds degrees in sociology from Northeastern University (B.A.,M.A., Ph.D.). Her specialties focus on African American women, religion, social change, and the legacy of W. E. B. Du Bois for sociology, African American studies, and religious studies, and her research, teaching, and writing have specifically focused on the role of African American women in generating social change and on the diverse roles of black Christian women in the twentieth century. She is currently at work on a book titled, That Blessed Book: The Bible and the African American Cultural Imagination, and some of her essays and articles are gathered in her 2001 book, If It Wasn’t for the Women: Black Women’s Experience and Womanist Culture in Church and Community. READ MORE