Date of Award


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First Reader

Dr. Kevin C. Motl

Second Reader

Dr. Adam Jones

Third Reader

Professor Jennifer Pittman


In recent years, the need for racial reconciliation within the American Church has become increasingly apparent. In order to move toward justice and promote diversity, however, White Americans must first develop a greater understanding of the Black struggle for equality and equity, which has been largely shaped by liberation theology. James H. Cone, known as the Founder of Black Liberation Theology, has authored many books on this topic, but his works lack the understanding and attention they merit in predominantly White circles. This thesis seeks to shed light on the importance of liberation theology to the Black American experience by providing a brief history of American liberation theology, highlighting its role in the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s, and analyzing James H. Cone's works in light of their historical context.



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