This edited collection on black churches and urban politics uses case studies of ten cities to examine the strategies and tactics of activists, black 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.
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.
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 9th August 2013
Publisher: University Press of America
Edition Number: 1