Quotes by: Adam Clayton Powell, Jr.

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Adam Clayton Powell Jr.
Member of the
U.S. House of Representatives
from New York
In office
January 3, 1945 – January 3, 1971
Preceded by Walter A. Lynch
Succeeded by Charles B. Rangel
Constituency 22nd district (1945–53)
16th district (1953–63)
18th district (1963–71)
Personal details
Born (1908-11-29)November 29, 1908
New Haven, Connecticut
Died April 4, 1972(1972-04-04) (aged 63)
Miami, Florida
Resting place Ashes scattered over Bimini
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Isabel Washington
(1933–1945) (divorce)
Hazel Scott
(1945–1960) (divorce)
Yvette Flores Diago
(1960–1965) (divorce)
Children Preston Powell
(adopted, first marriage)
Adam Clayton Powell III
(second marriage)
Adam Clayton Powell IV
(third marriage)
Alma mater Colgate University, Columbia University, Shaw University
Religion Baptist

I believe that Christianity in the United States has been dragging its feet, and I don't think there's any other force in America that has been more detrimental to the solution of our racial problems than Christianity.
Adam Clayton Powell, Jr.
Tremendous changes are taking place in our country, eradicating the concept of second-class citizenship.
Adam Clayton Powell, Jr.
Where Negroes provide 20 percent of the vote, they should have 20 per cent of the jobs.
Adam Clayton Powell, Jr.
The black masses must demand and refuse to accept nothing less than that proportionate percentage of the political spoils such as jobs, elective offices and appointments... They must reject the shameful racial tokenism that characterizes the political life of America today.
Adam Clayton Powell, Jr.
During past years, like frightened children, we were afraid to eat the strong meat of human rights and instead sucked the milk of civil rights from the breasts of white liberals, black Uncle Toms, and Aunt Jemimas.
Adam Clayton Powell, Jr.
I'm advocating that American citizens interested in democracy should stay out of chain stores.
Adam Clayton Powell, Jr.
Only legislative, judicial, and executive action can completely guarantee the victory of the free world.
Adam Clayton Powell, Jr.
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