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 issues merged in efforts to enhance the religious and fabric health and wellbeing in their congregations. yet as political alliances grew to become useful, 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 frequently with Chicago mayor William Hale Thompson, a Republican, whom he provided 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 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 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 easiest possibilities to empower the black inhabitants. Their imperfect alliances and combined effects, in spite of the fact that, proved the complexity of mixing the geographical regions of spirituality and politics.
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Philip D. Armour, Gustavus F. Swift, Cyrus McCormick, H. H. Kohlstaat, William Hale Thompson, and the Blackstone family. 6 Carey “was a stormy preacher,” according to one contemporary. ” This pulpit style apparently helped Carey ﬁll Quinn Chapel’s sanctuary and balcony during both morning and evening services. One commentator said that Carey added 1,200 new members to the church rolls, while another put that number at 1,562. These members became intensely loyal to Carey. 7 In 1904, Carey moved to Chicago’s Bethel AME Church, remaining there through 1909.
Carey Jr. back to the North Georgia Annual Conference, assigning him to a pastorate on the Thomasville Circuit. 12 Jeﬀerson Carey Jr. may have had mixed feelings about his transfer out of the North Georgia Annual Conference. Just as he ended his service in this diocese, his son, Archibald J. Carey, was admitted as a ministerial candidate. Jeﬀerson Sr. had greatly aided his son’s ministry and his grandson’s rearing. While Jeﬀerson Jr. traveled, Jeﬀerson Sr. oversaw Archibald’s upbringing in Atlanta, and both father and grandfather were proud in 1888 when Archibald graduated from Atlanta University, a school with ties to the Freedmen’s Bureau and the Congregational Church that had been founded in 1865 by the American Missionary Association.
Dickerson and the delegates. In 1883, while Carey was serving as pastor of St. Thomas, in Thomasville, his Sunday school collected more money for missionary programs than any other Sunday school in the Georgia Annual Conference. Moreover, his presiding elder observed that the congregation “had been greatly built up by Elder Carey, both spiritually and ﬁnancially”—including an impressive $1,265 in public oﬀerings. Carey, three other ministers, and a layman also represented the Georgia Annual Conference at the 1883 commencement at the AME Church’s Wilberforce University in Ohio.
African American Preachers and Politics: The Careys of Chicago by Dennis C. Dickerson