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Black Churches and Local Politics : Clergy Influence, Organizational Partnerships, and Civic Empowerment - Drew R. Smith

Black Churches and Local Politics

Clergy Influence, Organizational Partnerships, and Civic Empowerment

By: Drew R. Smith (Editor), Fredrick C. Harris (Editor)


Published: 9th August 2013
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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.

Introduction: Black churches, activist traditions, and urban political contexts / Fredrick C. Harris -- pt. 1. Personal influence, coalitions, and pressure groups. Black churches, Black empowerment, and Atlanta's civil rights legacy / Alton B. Pollard III -- Black clergy and models of civil rights activism in Miami / Clarence Taylor -- Bennett W. Smith Sr. and ministerial influence on political life in Buffalo / Sherri Leronda Wallace -- Black ministers and the politics of personal influence in Columbus / Yvette Alex-Assensoh -- Black faith-based coalitions in Boston : civic advantages and challenges / James Jennings -- pt. 2. Black churches and electoral politics. Black churches and electoral engagement in the nation's capital / Ronald Walters and Tamelyn Tucker-Worgs -- Black churches and machine politics in Chicago / Fredrick C. Harris -- Black clergy electoral involvement in Cleveland / Mittie Olion Chandler -- Black churches and the formation of political action committees in Detroit / Ronald E. Brown and Carolyn Hartfield -- Party politics and Black church political organization in Queens, New York / Michael Leo Owens -- pt. 3. Epilogue. Black clergy and the governmental sector during George W. Bush's presidency / R. Drew Smith.

ISBN: 9780742571730
ISBN-10: 0742571734
Format: ePUB
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 9th August 2013
Publisher: University Press of America
Edition Number: 1