African-American Clergy Engagement in Politics and Public Policy: Liberation Theology as a Civic Engagement Motivator

Harold M. Love, Tennessee State University

Abstract

This proposal looks at that the various ways African-American Clergy can increase the level of civic engagement within the African American Community. The investigation of why some African-American Clergy engage in politics and public policy while others do not may provide some insight into the role that African-American Clergy can play in influencing public policy that affects the African-American community. According to (Stephanopoulos 2015) with the increased number of African American elected officials from 1970-2010 there still has not been an increased influence in public policy that affects the African American Community. African Americans have increased the level at which they vote but have not been motivated to participate in much civic engagement beyond election day. When we look at the motivation for civic engagement of African American Clergy it is often because they are adherents to a Liberation Theology to positively impact their community.^

Subject Area

African American studies|Clergy|Black studies|Political science|Public policy

Recommended Citation

Harold M. Love, "African-American Clergy Engagement in Politics and Public Policy: Liberation Theology as a Civic Engagement Motivator" (2017). ETD Collection for Tennessee State University. Paper AAI10681962.
https://digitalscholarship.tnstate.edu/dissertations/AAI10681962

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