Strange Fruit

The cross and the lynching tree

By James Cone

This piece was adapted from the 2006 Ingersoll Lecture at Harvard Divinity School, delivered by James Cone, Charles A. Briggs Distinguished Professor of Systematic Theology, Union Theological Seminary. The text is not available online, but video of the lecture “Strange Fruit: The Cross and the Lynching Tree” can be viewed below or on Harvard Divinity School’s Youtube channel. This work was later expanded into a book, The Cross and the Lynching Tree by James H. Cone (Orbis Books, softcover, 220 pages, $27).

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