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 religious and fabric health and wellbeing in their congregations. yet as political alliances grew to become worthwhile, either wrestled with ethical outcomes 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 usually with Chicago mayor William Hale Thompson, a Republican, whom he provided to black citizens as an best friend. whilst the mayor appointed Carey to the city's civil carrier 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, 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 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, in spite of the fact that, proved the complexity of mixing the nation-states of spirituality and politics.
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Carey assisted Bishop James C. 32 These gestures cemented Carey’s relationships with denominational dignitaries, who concluded that Carey’s help and hospitality meant he wanted to be their peer and perhaps a prelate in the AME Church. Politics, however, remained a signiﬁcant part of Carey’s ministry. He continued to campaign on behalf of the Republican Party in Florida. During the 1896 presidential election, Carey supported William McKinley, and they became friends. 33 During his time in Georgia and Florida, Carey always saw politics as secondary to his role as a minister to his congregants.
22 Other Georgia AME ministers who embraced the preacher/politician role included Isaac Anderson and Thomas Crayton, who served as state senators in 1870. J. Brown sat in the Georgia House of Representatives in 1871. Among the state constitutional convention delegates during 1867–68 were Robert Crumley, Jesse Dinkins, William Noble, and John Whitaker. William Finch joined the Atlanta City Council in 1870, and T. G. 23 After the disputed 1876 presidential election, in which Republican Rutherford B.
Henderson, the business manager of the denomination’s publication board in Philadelphia, visited Jacksonville and identiﬁed Carey as one of the ministers who had treated him well. ” Carey assisted Bishop James C. 32 These gestures cemented Carey’s relationships with denominational dignitaries, who concluded that Carey’s help and hospitality meant he wanted to be their peer and perhaps a prelate in the AME Church. Politics, however, remained a signiﬁcant part of Carey’s ministry. He continued to campaign on behalf of the Republican Party in Florida.
African American Preachers and Politics: The Careys of Chicago by Dennis C. Dickerson