[Rebecca’s challenge was to write a poem using current news as inspiration. James Cone, an African-American theologian, often called the Father of Black Liberation Theology, died on Saturday, April 28, 2018.]
“Christ hung from every lynching tree.”
Emmett Till’s open coffin
revealed Jesus Christ.
“The oppressed are the Christian community.”
Rosa Parks sat next to Jesus.
“The scandal is that the gospel means liberation.”
Christ died from the bullet that
killed Medgar Evers.
“A powerful liberating presence among the poor.”
Jesus Christ’s body was blown
apart by a bomb at the
Sixteenth Street Baptist Church.
“America has never intended for blacks to be free.”
Jesus, known as
Rev. Bruce Klunder,
died under a bulldozer.
“I have one right: That of demanding human behavior from the other.”
earthen dam hid
the bodies of Christ
and three young men.
“I have one duty: That of not renouncing my freedom through my choices.”
“The lynching tree…should have a prominent place in American images of Jesus’ death.”
and Jesus died.
“Black Power is…an inward affirmation of the essential worth of blackness.”
At South Carolina
Christ was killed,
“The Christian gospel is more than a transcendent reality.”
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s
to the cross.
“The acceptance of the gift of freedom transforms…”
Jesus died when
“…doubt is not denial but an integral part of faith.”
Christ was found
in Sandra Bland’s
“The gospel is also an immanent reality.”
When he took Philando Castile’s life,
a Minnesota officer
killed Jesus Christ.
“Before being Christ, he is truth.”
James Cone died today.