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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 priceless, either wrestled with ethical results 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 quite often with Chicago mayor William Hale Thompson, a Republican, whom he provided to black electorate 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 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 easiest possibilities to empower the black inhabitants. Their imperfect alliances and combined effects, besides the fact that, proved the complexity of mixing the geographical regions of spirituality and politics.

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A mulatto, like Turner and the Careys, Davis was a delegate to a convention of blacks in 1866 and was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives in 1868. Although Turner and other African American legislators were expelled, the lightskinned Davis avoided this fate by claiming to be white. Despite denunciations of racial “treason,” blacks strongly supported his reelection in 1870. President James A. S. surveyor of customs in Atlanta, and he chaired the executive committee of the Clarke County Republican Party.

Jefferson A. ’s parents had been born in Maryland and probably had been sold south in the early nineteenth century, when Chesapeake slave masters found greater profit in slave trading than in farming in their region’s exhausted soil. According to the 1870 census, Carey, age forty-five, was “black” and illiterate, and he operated a restaurant. His wife, Amanda, forty-two years old and also an ex-slave, was a housekeeper. Unlike her husband, she could read and write. Residing with them was a female relative, Rebecca Carey, age nine.

Also recognized his grandfather’s and great-grandfather’s role as freedom fighters: “My grandfather was a boy in the fields of Georgia beside his father—both of them slaves and both of them plowing when [General] Sherman came thru on his march from Atlanta to the sea. And my great grandfather cried to my grandfather, [saying] ‘Son, drop your plow and grab a gun. Let no one win your freedom for you. ” Archibald Carey Jr. ”34 chapter 2 Pulpit and Politics in Chicago the ministry of archibald j. carey sr.

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