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 matters merged in efforts to enhance the religious and fabric overall healthiness in their congregations. yet as political alliances turned important, 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 frequently 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 merchandising 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 help 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 geographical regions of spirituality and politics.
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Extra info for African American Preachers and Politics: The Careys of Chicago
Carey, however, resisted this trend. Though he was identiﬁed with the city’s light-skinned elite and Quinn Chapel had a reputation as a high-toned church that did not cater to the common people, Carey was an unapologetic southerner whose preaching style reﬂected his Georgia background. That hundreds ﬂocked to the three churches that he served showed his eﬀectiveness in reaching newly arrived migrants. 3 Founded in 1847, the spacious and prestigious Quinn Chapel AME Church was Chicago’s oldest black church.
And another AME minister, N. J. G. , to discuss the status of blacks in the military with a series of federal oﬃcials, including several members of Congress. 39 Outbreaks of racial violence during the Red Summer of 1919 also moved Carey vigorously to defend African American interests.
He maintained near unanimous support from the Chicago Annual Conference and solidiﬁed his standing in Georgia. He pressed the General Conference Commission to select Chicago to host the 1920 quadrennial meeting, although St. Louis was ultimately chosen. When the Bishops Council convened in 1918 at Quinn Chapel, Carey impressed the prelates with an address on the “Missing Element in Modern Preaching,” generating “favorable comment and pledges” for his election to the episcopacy. By 1918, the Chicago Defender predicted that “sentiments from diﬀerent parts of the nation indicate that the Rev.
African American Preachers and Politics: The Careys of Chicago by Dennis C. Dickerson