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Genesis in Georgia

Genesis in Georgia

The Careys in Ministry and Politics

(p.15) Chapter 1 Genesis in Georgia
African American Preachers and Politics
Dennis C. Dickerson
University Press of Mississippi

This chapter examines the careers of Archibald J. Carey Sr. and his son Archibald J. Carey Jr., and how the two men mixed ministry and politics in their family’s native state of Georgia. It looks at the Careys’ roles as aggressive ministers in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, and how the Church became a major institutional presence in Georgia. The chapter also discusses the influence of clergy/politicians in Georgia and in the South on the Careys, the Careys’ steady rise in the ministry, the elder Carey’s extensive involvement with other AME clergy and churches, and his son’s continuation of the family legacy of public theology by pursuing politics and civil rights activism.

Keywords:   politics, Archibald J. Carey, ministry, Georgia, Methodist Episcopal Church, clergy, public theology, civil rights, activism

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