African American Preachers and Politics: The Careys of by Dennis C. Dickerson

By Dennis C. Dickerson

During many of the 20th century, Archibald J. Carey, Sr. (1868-1931) and Archibald J. Carey, Jr. (1908-1981), father and son, exemplified a mix of ministry and politics that many African American spiritual leaders pursued. Their sacred and secular issues merged in efforts to enhance the non secular and fabric health and wellbeing in their congregations. yet as political alliances turned worthwhile, either wrestled with ethical results and sundry results. either have been ministers to Chicago's biggest African Methodist Episcopal Church congregations- the senior Carey as a bishop, and the junior Carey as a pastor and an attorney.

Bishop Carey linked himself often with Chicago mayor William Hale Thompson, a Republican, whom he awarded to black citizens as an best friend. while the mayor appointed Carey to the city's civil provider fee, Carey helped within the hiring and advertising of neighborhood blacks. yet alleged impropriety for promoting jobs marred the bishop's tenure. The junior Carey, additionally a Republican and an alderman, grew to become head of the panel on anti-discrimination in employment for the Eisenhower management. He aided innumerable black federal staff. even though an influential benefactor of center and SCLC, Carey linked to infamous FBI director J. Edgar Hoover and compromised aid for Martin Luther King, Jr. either Careys believed politics provided clergy the easiest possibilities to empower the black inhabitants. Their imperfect alliances and combined effects, despite the fact that, proved the complexity of mixing the nation-states of spirituality and politics.

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