Black Churches and Local Politics: Clergy Influence, Organizational Partnerships, and Civic Empowermentby Drew R. Smith
Pub. Date: 09/15/2005
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Black activist clergy and congregations have long been on the front lines of America's political and urban life in a variety of ways, including organization and response to issues other than civil rights. In this collection of 11 articles, contributors examine their activism in terms of personal influence, coalitions, pressure groups and electoral politics. Topics include the role of churches in the empowerment that led to Atlanta's civil rights legacy, Black clergy and models of activism in Miami, the work of Bennet W. Smith, Sr. in the political life of Buffalo, Black faith-based coalitions in Boston, and electoral engagements in Washington D.C., Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit and Queens, New York. The collection closes with an assessment of Black clergy and the government sector in the George W. Bush administration. Annotation ©2005 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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Table of Contents
Part 1 Preface Part 2 Introduction: Black Churches, Activists Traditions, and Urban Political Contexts Part 3 Part I: Personal Influence, Coalitions, and Pressure Groups Chapter 4 Black Churches, Black Empowerment, and Atlanta's Civil Rights Legacy Chapter 5 Black Clergy and Models of Civil Rights Activism in Miami Chapter 6 Bennett W. Smith and Ministerial Influence on Political Life in Buffalo Chapter 7 Black Ministers and the Politics of Personal Influence in Columbus Chapter 8 Black Faith-Based Coalitions and Civic Activism in Boston Part 9 Part II: Black Churches and Electoral Politics Chapter 10 Black Churches and Electoral Engagement in the Nation's Capital Chapter 11 Black Churches and Machine Politics in Chicago Chapter 12 Black Clergy Electoral Involvement in Cleveland Chapter 13 Black Churches and the Formation of Political Action Committees in Detroit Chapter 14 Party Politics and Black Church Political Organizations in Queens, NY Part 15 Part III: Epilogue Chapter 16 Black Clergy and the Governmental Sector During George W. Bush's Presidency Part 17 About the Contributors Part 18 Index
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