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 spiritual leaders pursued. Their sacred and secular issues merged in efforts to enhance the religious and fabric health and wellbeing in their congregations. yet as political alliances turned useful, 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 more often than not with Chicago mayor William Hale Thompson, a Republican, whom he offered to black electorate as an best friend. whilst the mayor appointed Carey to the city's civil carrier fee, Carey helped within the hiring and merchandising 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 supposing 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, even though, 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