Powell, Adam Clayton, Jr.

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Brooks, Albert N. D. "Profile of a Fighter." The Negro History Bulletin XX, No. 8 (May 1957): 170, 191.

Brief sketch of Powell highlighting his educational, political, and personal achievements. Brooks asserts: "In spite of his detractors [Powell's] record of public service suggests that personal gain has not been a major objective in his life."

Capeci, Dominic J. "From Different Liberal Perspectives: Fiorello H. La Guardia, Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., and Civil Rights in New York City, 1941–1943." The Journal of Negro History LXII, No. 2 (April 1977): 160-73.

Historical account of Powell's political dealings and strategies as a New York City councilman in the early 1940s. Analyzing Powell's relationship with Fiorello La Guardia, former mayor of New York City, Capeci characterizes Powell's strategies and aims as generated by a "politics of resentment."

――――――, Jr. "From Harlem to Montgomery: The Bus Boycotts and Leadership of Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., and Martin Luther King, Jr." The Historian XLI, No. 4 (August 1979): 721-37.

Compares the leadership styles, political aims, religious beliefs, and personal backgrounds of Powell and Martin Luther King, Jr., giving an historical account of Powell's role in the Harlem bus boycotts of 1941 and King's participation in the Montgomery boycotts of the 1950s.

Garland, Phyl. "'I Remember Adam.'" Ebony XLV, No. 5 (March 1990): 56, 58, 60, 62.

Brief reminiscence of Powell's life and career. Commenting on Powell's political legacy, Garland observes: "Perhaps Powell's greatest beneficiaries are the Black elected officials who have followed in his wake."

Haskins, James. Adam Clayton Powell: Portrait of a Marching Black. Trenton, N.J.: Africa World Press, Inc., 1993, 166 p.

Attempts to show Powell's life from a variety of perspectives, focusing on the variance between public perceptions of Powell and the realities of his private life.

Haygood, Wil. King of the Cats: The Life and Times of Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1993, 476 p.

Biographical account of Powell's life.

Levine, Richard M. "The End of the Politics of Pleasure." Harper's Magazine (April 1971): 45-7, 51-4, 58-60.

Relates major events of Powell's career in the late 1960s and early 1970s, emphasizing, in particular, the impact scandal had on Powell's role as a government official.

Lewis, Claude. Adam Clayton Powell. Greenwich, Conn.: Fawcett Publications, Inc., 1963, 127 p.

Analyzes the conflicting images of Powell as statesman and celebrity.

Slater, Jack. "Harlem Bids Farewell to Keeper of the Faith." Ebony XXVII, No. 8 (June 1972): 31-4, 36, 38, 40, 42.

Tribute written on the occasion of Powell's death discussing his life and works.


"What Negroes in the North Are Really After." U.S. News and World Report LIV, No. 23 (10 June 1963): 37-8.

Relates Powell's views on the political climate and civil rights movement in the United States during the 1960s.

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