Chapter

Partnering with Caesar

in God and Government in the Ghetto

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print December 2007 | ISBN: 9780226642062
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226642086 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226642086.003.0006
Partnering with Caesar

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This chapter examines how activist African American churches in New York City began to employ church- associated community development corporations in the 1980s as their primary vehicles for collaborating with government, especially the municipal government, to address problems in black neighborhoods. The city's Ten Year Plan permitted activist African American churches to partner with the city government and their partnerships expanded the potential of the churches to receive public funds. The black clergy entered into church–state partnerships because they believed that their involvement with the city government would reaffirm the relevance of their churches and themselves to black civil society, and would enable them to advance black self-initiative and retain or increase church memberships.

Keywords: African American churches; New York City; community development corporations; city government; public funds; church–state partnerships; black civil society; church memberships

Chapter.  10976 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: US Politics

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