50th Anniversary of James H. Cone’s Black Theology and Black Power

In honor of the 50th anniversary celebration of Dr. James H. Cone’s Black Theology and Black Power and the commemoration of 400th years Africans have been in the Americas, we are excited to introduce the Black Theology Papers Project website.


The Black Theology Papers Project is an online repository housed at Columbia University that aims to preserve and promote the intellectual heritage of black theology. The journal will publish an annual issue featuring papers presented by the Black Theology Unit of the American Academy of Religion. Adam Clark, current co-chair and Andrea C. White, past co-chair of the AAR Black Theology Unit are the editorial team, along with Josef Sorett, Associate Professor of Religion and African American Diaspora Studies at Columbia University.  The Black Theology Papers Project aspires to be a premiere scholarly and teaching resource for people interested in cutting-edge research on black theology.

2019 AAR Black Theology Sessions

Join us at the 2019 AAR Black Theology Sessions!


Theme: James Cone and the Black Radical Tradition: Black Theology, Solidarity, and Violence

Saturday - 3:30 PM-5:00 PM

Convention Center-24B (Upper Level East)



Theme: The 50th Anniversary of Black Theology & Black Power: Looking Back, Moving Forward

Sunday - 1:00 PM-3:00 PM

Convention Center-20A (Upper Level East)


Howard Thurman Society

Please join us from 8-9pm Sunday at the Marriott Marquis-Del Mar in San Diego to help us envision and form a Howard and Sue Bailey Thurman Society. You’ll have the opportunity to interact with filmmaker Martin Doblmeier as well as scholars, practitioners and seekers from around the country who are committed to keeping the legacy of Howard Thurman alive. Mark your calendars, we hope to see you there! 



Theme: New Cartographies of Black Theology: 400 Years after Jamestown

Monday - 1:00 PM-3:00 PM

Convention Center-17A (Mezzanine Level)

Black Theology Papers 2018

Vol 4 No 1 (2018)

In 2018, the AAR Black Theology Group called for papers on the topics of:

  • Delores Williams’ Sisters in the Wilderness (Orbis, 1993): Celebrating 25 Years 
  • Still Gettng By: Margin and Boundary in Black Theology and Hip Hop Culture
  • James Cone's The Cross and the Lynching Tree (Orbis, 2011): A Roundtable Celebrating the Grawemeyer Award in Religion
  • Racial Liminality and Cruciform Bodies in Cone and King
  • Black Theology, American Civil Religion, and Public Theology

Published: Nov 23, 2019

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