By Dennis C. Dickerson
In the course of 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 issues merged in efforts to enhance the non secular and fabric healthiness in their congregations. yet as political alliances turned priceless, either wrestled with ethical outcomes and sundry results. either have been ministers to Chicago's greatest 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 generally with Chicago mayor William Hale Thompson, a Republican, whom he offered 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 promoting 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 center and SCLC, Carey linked to infamous FBI director J. Edgar Hoover and compromised help 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, besides the fact that, proved the complexity of mixing the nation-states of spirituality and politics.
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Chicagoans Alberta Moore Smith and Theodore W. Jones served as national NNBL oﬃcers and recommended their city as the organization’s 1901 convention site, and in 1904, Carey allowed the group to meet at Quinn Chapel. But Carey’s closeness to the ministry of archibald j. carey sr. [ 37 ] Washington also annoyed Jones, who learned of Washington’s impending visit only when “word reached me through Dr. A. J. ” Carey’s preferred status with Washington, Jones complained, diminished the local NNBL, and the league’s city oﬃcials had “to wait upon Dr.
Philip Episcopal Church initiated a broad range of athletic activities and located them in a newly constructed parish house. During the same decade, Philadelphia’s Berean Presbyterian Church provided industrial training, an employment bureau, and a clinic for the citys growing black community. Just after the turn of the century, Hugh H. 11 Reverdy C. Ransom introduced the Social Gospel to the AME Church in 1900, gaining permission to leave his pastorate at Bethel AME Church in Chicago to found the Institutional Church and Social Settlement.
African American Preachers and Politics: The Careys of Chicago by Dennis C. Dickerson