Title page for ETD etd-05302007-112522


Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Johnson, Misty Noel
Author's Email Address mjohn17@lsu.edu
URN etd-05302007-112522
Title The Black Church and Political Mobilization of African Americans
Degree Master of Mass Communication (M.M.C.)
Department Mass Communication
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Kirby Goidel Committee Chair
Craig Freeman Committee Member
Lori Boyer Committee Member
Keywords
  • african americans
  • political mobilization
  • black church
Date of Defense 2007-05-11
Availability unrestricted
Abstract
This study investigates the political and social activities of black church congregations within a southern community by assessing the effectiveness of three churches in mobilizing their congregations and serving as channels for political communication. The study pays particular attention to the differences between affiliations within the black church, the influence of religious leaders on political involvement, attitudes regarding political involvement and political influences outside of the church.

The thesis begins by placing the black church in its historical context —as a giver of spiritual and community orientation as well as a social and political mobilization agent. Using survey results from Catholic and Protestant congregations, it then considers how members of the Black Church acquire their political information, their political activity and whether members feel that their religious leaders are politically influential. Interviews with religious leaders will also consider if his or her beliefs and motivations equal those of the congregation. The results reveal that while there are variations across congregations, the black church is still politically important today.

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