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 spiritual leaders pursued. Their sacred and secular issues merged in efforts to enhance the religious and fabric health and wellbeing in their congregations. yet as political alliances grew to become valuable, 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 ordinarily with Chicago mayor William Hale Thompson, a Republican, whom he offered 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, 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 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, despite the fact that, proved the complexity of mixing the nation-states of spirituality and politics.
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T. W. 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.
L. Murray, the new Bethel pastor, convinced Bishop Grant to conﬁne Institutional’s worship services to Sunday evening, thereby preventing Ransom from drawing parishioners away from Murray’s Sunday morning services. An outraged Henry M. Turner, the denomination’s senior bishop, authorized Ransom to resume preaching at morning services and to ignore the petty opposition of Carey and Murray. 16 In 1899, Carey and other AME Church ministers came to Bethel to commend Ransom at the conclusion of a successful ﬁnancial drive, but a few months later, the two men became locked into a ﬁscal competition when the Iowa Annual Conference’s ﬁnancial secretary oﬀered a prize to the church that brought in the most money.
Members of Chicago’s black community, like others throughout the nation, divided between the two points of view. For example, Charles E. Bentley, a prominent dentist, identiﬁed unambiguously with Du Bois and joined the Niagara Movement, a forerunner to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. [ 36 ] the ministry of archibald j. carey sr. 31 Carey was strongly attracted to Washington’s emphasis on economic development and became his staunch ally, although Carey also appreciated the importance that Du Bois attached to the ballot and the protection of black civil rights.
African American Preachers and Politics: The Careys of Chicago by Dennis C. Dickerson