Build on the Legacy of Adam Clayton Powell

Jones, David R.
December 2008
New York Amsterdam News;12/11/2008, Vol. 99 Issue 51, p5
The author reflects on the legacy of Adam Clayton Powell, the first African American congressman from New York. The conditions in Harlem spurred Powell to use his power in Congress to move the federal government to help the poor. Powell orchestrated the passage of Lyndon Johnson's "Great Society" social programs. The author says the African American elected leadership should build on the positive elements of Powell's use of power by moving urban issues to the forefront of policy making in Washington and Albany.


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