Black Churches and Local Politics: Clergy Influence, Organizational Partnerships, and Civic Empowerment

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Overview

This book on black churches and urban politics uses case studies from various cities to examine the strategies and tactics of activist clergy and congregations. These case studies illustrate how black activist clergy and congregations negotiate the political terrains of their respective cities. The cases show that the political culture of a city—whether that culture is shaped by machine politics, a legacy of political protest, racial and ethnic factionalism, or a city whose power resides in the mayor's office rather than the city council chamber—can influence the tactics of activist clergy and congregations. These cases also show how strategies and tactics vary across congregations as well as within and across cities. Not only do activist churches emphasize political empowerment or economic development, their tactics to pursue their goals may take different forms. They can form coalitions with other churches and/or political organizations, lobby public officials, use personal appeals to persuade politicians, or mobilize voters for candidates who support the congregation's agenda. By taking stock of the strategies that activist black clergy and congregations adopt and the tactics they use to research their goals, the cases in this book highlight nuances in black clergy and church activism that are captured beyond a single case or a focus on national politics. The three sections of Black Churches and Local Politics examine the many ways that black activist clergy and congregations voice their concerns in urban politics. The tactics explored are the use of personal influence by activist ministers, the formation of coalitions with churches and community organizations, and pressure groups that lobby government institutions and leaders on behalf of minority communities.

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Editorial Reviews

Chronicle of Higher Education
Examines activism by black clergy in such cities as Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, New York, and Washington.
The Chronicle Of Higher Education
Examines activism by black clergy in such cities as Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, New York, and Washington.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742545212
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/15/2005
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.62 (w) x 9.22 (h) x 0.78 (d)

Meet the Author

R. Drew Smith is the Scholar-in-Residence and director of Religion and Public Life Projects at The Leadership Center at Morehouse College. Fredrick C. Harris is professor of political science at Columbia University.

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Table of Contents

Introduction : black churches, activists traditions, and urban political contexts
Pt. I Personal influence, coalitions, and pressure groups
1 Black churches, black empowerment, and Atlanta's civil rights legacy 3
2 Black clergy and models of civil rights activism in Miami 23
3 Bennett W. Smith and ministerial influence on political life in Buffalo 43
4 Black ministers and the politics of personal influence in Columbus 57
5 Black faith-based coalitions in Boston : civic advantages and challenges 79
Pt. II Black churches and electoral politics
6 Black churches and electoral engagement in the nation's capital 99
7 Black churches and machine politics in Chicago 117
8 Black clergy electoral involvement in Cleveland 137
9 Black churches and the formation of political action committees in Detroit 151
10 Party politics and black church political organization in Queens, New York 171
Pt. III Epilogue
11 Black clergy and the governmental sector during George W. Bush's presidency 187
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