Influential Black theologian James Deotis Roberts dies at 95

James Deotis Roberts, one of the pioneers of the Black theology movement, died in his sleep on July 26. He was 95.

Roberts, a former president of both the American Theological Society and the Interdenominational Theological Center, taught at several institutions throughout his career, including Howard University, Yale University, Duke University, and Palmer Theological Seminary.

He wrote extensively on political theology, reconciliation, and justice. His books include The Prophethood of Black Believers; Black Theology in Dialogue; Black Religion, Black Theology; Liberation and Reconciliation; and Africentric Christianity.