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Press Release for Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Theologian James Cone Speaks at Annual MLK Scholarship Luncheon

Media Contact: Joanna Norris, Associate Director  


Department of Public Relations  

(904) 620-2102

Theologian Dr. James H. Cone will be the guest speaker at the 31st Annual Martin Luther King Scholarship Luncheon at noon Thursday, Feb. 9, in the University Center Banquet Hall on the University of North Florida campus. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. Cone will discuss “Let Justice Roll: A Reflection on Martin Luther King Jr.” 


A champion of the poor and speaker of painful truths, Cone is known for his honest and insightful work on such critical topics as black liberation theology, violence and religion. Since 1969, he has been a professor at Union Theological Seminary in New York City and is currently the Charles Augustus Briggs Distinguished Professor of Systematic Theology.  


Cone has authored several books but is best known for his ground-breaking works “Black Theology and Black Power,” “A Black Theology of Liberation,” “The Spirituals and the Blues,” “God of the Oppressed,” and “Martin & Malcolm & America: A Dream or a Nightmare?. He has just published his latest book, “The Cross and the Lynching Tree.” 


In addition to teaching, he continues the struggle to shed light on contemporary issues of faith and justice, especially for African-Americans. He has lectured at universities and community organizations throughout the United States, Europe, Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. 


Cone holds a Master of Divinity degree from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary as well as a master’s degree and doctorate from Northwestern University. He has been conferred 12 honorary degrees and is also the 2009 recipient of the Martin E. Marty Public Understanding of Religion Award, presented by the American Academy of Religion.  


Tickets for the luncheon are $30 for individuals, $500 for silver-level corporate tables (including a table for eight and table signage), and $1,000 for gold-level corporate tables (including a table for eight, table signage, preferred seating, recognition in the program and a thank you from the podium during the luncheon).  


Tickets for the event, sponsored by the Intercultural Center for PEACE, can be purchased through the UNF Ticket Box Office at (904) 620-2878 or on line at . Free tickets are available to 125 UNF students (one per student with a valid UNF ID card) on a first-come, first-served basis.