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Adam Clayton Powell

clergyman , congressman , author

Adam Clayton Powell, American congressman, clergyman. Decorated Knight of Golden Cross, Ethiopia, 1954. Delaware Parliamentary World Government Conference, London, 1951-1952, International Labor Organization Conference, Geneva, 1961, 63, 64. Member World Association Parliamentarians on World Government (vice president).

Background

Powell, Adam Clayton was born on November 29, 1908 in New Haven, Connecticut, United States. Son of Adam Clayton and Mattie Fletcher (Schafer) Powell.

Education

AB, Colgate University, 1930. Master of Arts, Columbia University, 1932. Doctor of Divinity, Shaw University, 1935.

Doctor of Laws, Virginia Union University, 1947.

Career

; married second, Hazel Scott, August 1945 (division). 1 son, Adam Clayton III. Married 3d, Yvette Diago.

1 son, Adam Diago. Minister, Abyssinian Baptist Church, 1937-1960. Elected to City Council of New York, 1941. Founder People’s Voice, editor in chief, co-publisher, 1942.

Elected to Congress November 1945. Member 79th-87th Congresses from New York 16th District. Member 88th-91st Congresses, New York 18th District, Chairman of Commission education and labor, until 1967.

Delaware Parliamentary World Government Conference, London, 1951-1952, International Labor Organization Conference Geneva, Switzerland, 1961, 63, 64.

Works

  • Author: Is This a White Man’s War? 1942. Stage Door Canteen, 1944. Marching Blacks, 1945, Adam Clayton Powell, 1960.

Membership

Member 79th-87th Congresses from New York 16th District. Member 88th-91st Congresses, New York 18th District, Chairman of Commission education and labor, until 1967. Delaware Parliamentary World Government Conference, London, 1951-1952, International Labor Organization Conference Geneva, Switzerland, 1961, 63, 64.

Member World Association Parliamentarians on World Government (vice president).

Connections

Married Isabel Geraldine Washington, March 8, 1933 (divorced 1943). Married Hazel Scott, August 1945 (divorced). 1 child, Adam Clayton III.

Married Yvette Diago. 1 child, Adam Diago.

father:
Adam Clayton Powell

mother:
Mattie Fletcher (Schafer) Powell

spouses:
Isabel Geraldine Washington

Hazel Scott

Yvette Diago

children:
Adam Clayton III Powell

Adam Diago Powell