Politics Is Sacred: The Activism of Albert B. Cleage Jr.
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This chapter explores Cleage’s political involvement in the city of Detroit and the state of Michigan. He was the leader of several local organizations in Detroit, founded, published, and consistently contributed editorials to the Illustrated News, a regional newspaper, and ran for governor of Michigan as a part of the Freedom Now Party. Cleage later founded the Black Slate, Inc., which was pivotal in electing progressive, black candidates to office in major US cities: Detroit, Atlanta, and Houston. This chapter examines this history and explains why the dichotomy between the political and religious (secular and sacred) realms represents a false binary in the progressive black religious tradition in America.