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

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

by Drew R. Smith
     
 

ISBN-10: 0742545210

ISBN-13: 9780742545212

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…  See more details below

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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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780742545212
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
09/15/2005
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
6.62(w) x 9.22(h) x 0.78(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction : black churches, activists traditions, and urban political contexts
Pt. IPersonal influence, coalitions, and pressure groups
1Black churches, black empowerment, and Atlanta's civil rights legacy3
2Black clergy and models of civil rights activism in Miami23
3Bennett W. Smith and ministerial influence on political life in Buffalo43
4Black ministers and the politics of personal influence in Columbus57
5Black faith-based coalitions in Boston : civic advantages and challenges79
Pt. IIBlack churches and electoral politics
6Black churches and electoral engagement in the nation's capital99
7Black churches and machine politics in Chicago117
8Black clergy electoral involvement in Cleveland137
9Black churches and the formation of political action committees in Detroit151
10Party politics and black church political organization in Queens, New York171
Pt. IIIEpilogue
11Black clergy and the governmental sector during George W. Bush's presidency187

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