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

By Dennis C. Dickerson

In the course of 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 non secular leaders pursued. Their sacred and secular matters merged in efforts to enhance the non secular and fabric health in their congregations. yet as political alliances turned precious, 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 typically 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 promoting 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 if 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 simplest possibilities to empower the black inhabitants. Their imperfect alliances and combined effects, notwithstanding, proved the complexity of mixing the geographical regions of spirituality and politics.

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Paul’s AME Church in Des Moines, and appointed the Reverend S. L. Birt to Cook’s congregation and promised him Carey’s place on the Episcopal Committee at the St. Louis meeting. Carey had carefully cultivated Coppin’s backing, presiding at the 1917 celebration of the bishop’s fortieth anniversary in the ministry. Moreover, in early 1920, Carey had committed to help the ministry of archibald j. carey sr. 27 Carey appeared primed to become a bishop. The Chicago Defender declared in 1919 that Carey would be elected to the episcopacy “if merit counts,” repeating this assessment just days before the 1920 General Conference opened: “The name of Dr.

24 Carey arrived in Philadelphia as the endorsed candidate from the Fourth Episcopal District. Again, he represented his district on the powerful Episcopal [ 34 ] the ministry of archibald j. carey sr. Committee, overseeing the choice of a bishop for the jurisdiction. ” An alliance between Illinois and the South seemed to validate Carey’s optimism and moved him and his supporters to push for the election of four new bishops. The General Conference, however, decided that only two bishops would be chosen, and the first ballot showed Carey with 98 votes, trailing the 164 votes that Georgia’s William A.

In 1913, when the Illinois state legislature considered a Jim Crow bill, Carey offered the Institutional Church as host for a community meeting that featured Ida B. Wells-Barnett and prominent politicians who opposed the legislation. In 1917, Carey drew the Reverend George W. ” Perhaps the most important gathering that Carey hosted at the Institutional Church occurred in 1917 to celebrate the Buchanan v. S. Supreme Court invalidated residential segregation laws. Speakers at the meeting included Chief Justice Orrin N.

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