By Dennis C. Dickerson
During lots 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 non secular leaders pursued. Their sacred and secular matters merged in efforts to enhance the non secular and fabric wellbeing and fitness in their congregations. yet as political alliances turned worthy, either wrestled with ethical effects 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 quite often with Chicago mayor William Hale Thompson, a Republican, whom he awarded to black citizens as an best friend. whilst 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, turned 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 middle 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 simplest possibilities to empower the black inhabitants. Their imperfect alliances and combined effects, notwithstanding, proved the complexity of mixing the nation-states of spirituality and politics.
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African American Preachers and Politics: The Careys of Chicago (Margaret Walker Alexander Series in African American Studies) by Dennis C. Dickerson