Sociologist; university professor; Clergyman. Born– June 23, 1924, Athens. Parents– Less and Mattie (Sowell) Lincoln. Married– first wife unknown. Children– two. Married– Lucy Cook, July 1, 1961. Children– two. U.S. Navy, WWII. Education– Lemoyne College, A.B., 1947; Fisk University, A.M., 1954; University of Chicago, B.D., 1956; Boston University, M.Ed., Ph.D., 1960; University of Chicago Law School, 1948-1949. Pastor, John Calvin Presbyterian Church, Nashville, Tenn. Assistant to president, Clark College, 1960-63;  Taught at  Clark College, 1954-65;  at Portland State University, 1965-67; at Union Theological Seminary, 1965-76; at Fisk University, 1973-76; at Duke University, 1976-1993. Visiting professor at many institutions including Dartmouth; Brown University; Boston University, and others. Represented the U.S. Department of State at many seminars, on many boards, and received many fellowships, grants, and awards. Elected to the Fellowship of Southern Writers. Member American Association of University Professors; New York Academy of Science; National Social Science Association; Association for the Study of Negro Life and History; and other professional organizations. Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Received the Lillian Smith Book Award for Best Southern Fiction in 1988 for The Avenue:  Clayton City, and the Alice B. Young Award from the International Black Writers in 1989. Awarded professor emeritus status on his retirement at Duke, 1993. Honorary degrees– Carlton College, honorary L.L.D., 1968; St. Michaels College, honorary L.H.D., 1970; Lane College (1982); Clark College (1983); Boston University (1991); Emory University (1993) and others.  Named John Hay Whitney Fellow, 1957-58; Eli Lilly Fellow, 1958; Howard Johnson Distinguished Teacher, Duke, 1988.  A festschriften, How Long this Road: Race, Religion, and the Legacy of C. Eric Lincoln (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2003) was published in Lincoln’s honor after his death.  Died May 14, 2000.


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The Avenue; Clayton City. New York; Morrow, 1988.

Beyond the Conventional. Madison, N.J.; Multi-Ethnic Center for Ministry, Wesley House, Drew University, 1978-1981.

The Black Church Since Frazier. New York; Schocken, 1974.

The Black Experience in Religion. Garden City, N.Y.; Anchor, 1974.

The Black Muslims in America. Boston; Beacon, 1961.

The Black Americans. New York; Bantam, 1969.

Coming through the Fire: Surviving Race and Place in America.  Duke University Press, 1996.

Have We Overcome? Race Relations Since Brown. Oxford, Miss.; University of Mississippi, 1979.

Is Anybody Listening?   Seabury, 1968.

Martin Luther King, Jr.; a Profile. New York; Hill & Wang, 1970.

My Face is Black. Boston; Beacon, 1964.

The Negro Church in America.  Schocken, 1974.

The Negro Pilgrimage in America; the Coming of Age of Black Americans. New York; Bantam, 1967.

A Pictorial History of the Negro in America. New York; Crown, 1968.

Race, Religion, and the Continuing American Dilemma. New York; Hill & Wang, 1984.

Sounds of the Struggle; Persons and Perspectives in Civil Rights. New York; Morrow, 1967.

This Road Since Freedom; Collected Poems. Quantico, Va.; Flame International, 1982.


The Black Church in the African-American Experience.  Durham NC:  Duke University Press, 1990.