Pulpit & Politics seeks to provoke an emergence of a new generation of black preacher-politicians who will move beyond spiritual leadership and into advocacy and social justice. Dr. McMickle argues for the vital role of the preacher, not only in the pulpit but in serving the community and challenging the government, from within or without.
Highlights past and present examples of African American leaders in ministry and politics, from Hiram Revels to Martin Luther King Jr. to Al Sharpton
Explores the letter and spirit of the principles of religious liberty and the separation of church and state
Examines historic examples of religious advocacy around social justice issues in the black community, including the abolition of slavery and the civil rights movement
Considers four models of clergy leadership in the African American church and community: priestly, prophetic, nationalist, and political