The Office of Black Church Studies at Duke Divinity School will hold the 2015 Martin Luther King Jr. Lecture on March 31 and April 1 featuring James H. Cone as the guest lecturer.
The annual lecture series features distinguished speakers and preachers who address the issues of justice, peace and liberation in relation to the black religious experience.
Cone, the Charles A. Briggs Distinguished Professor of Systematic Theology at Union Theological Seminary in New York City, is an author and has lectured throughout the world. His works include Black Theology & Black Power, A Black Theology of Liberation, God of the Oppressed and Martin & Malcolm & America: A Dream or a Nightmare? Cone received a Master of Divinity from Garrett Theological Seminary, and an M.A. and Ph. D. from Northwestern University. Cone will lecture at 2 p.m. on April 1 in Goodson Chapel.
The events will also include community worship services on March 31 and April 1 at 11:25 a.m. in Goodson Chapel with the Rev. Dr. Raphael Warnock preaching. Warnock is senior pastor of the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Ga., where King was co-pastor. He received a B.A. in psychology from Morehouse College, Master of Divinity and Master of Philosophy and Ph.D. in systematic theology from Union Theological Seminary. He is also the author of the Divided Mind of the Black Church: Theology, Piety & Public Witness.
There will be a community lunch and book signing with Cone and Warnock prior to the April 1 lecture at 12:30 p.m. The cost to attend the lunch is $15 plus tax. Advanced registration is required, and space is limited. Special discounts are available for Duke Divinity School faculty, staff, and students by contacting the Office of Black Church Studies.
Advance registration for the lecture is not required, but encouraged. Parking arrangements can also be made by pre-registering.