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Adam Clayton Powell

This is a compelling portrait of the legendary African American leader, Adam Clayton Powell as well as a fascinating look at the beginning of modern black politics in this country. Handsome, brilliant and controversial, he was the pastor of America s largest Protestant congregation; an early champion in the Civil Rights movement, and the first African-American Congressman from a northeastern state. The film follows his political climb in the Harlem of the Depression 30s. As minister of Harlem s Abysinnian Baptist Church, Powell used his charismatic power in the battle for equal employment. Once in Congress, he fought persistently to deny federal funding to segregated facilities. Under Presidents Kennedy and Johnson he was instrumental in passing much of the social legislation known as "The Great Society." At the peak of his power, he was the most influential black man in America. Yet his meteoric rise to power ended in an abrupt fall as financial indiscretions and personal excesses caught up with him. The film pulls together facts, remembrances and opinions into a compelling narrative. Heard from are Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm, writer Roger Wilkins, Professor John Henry Clarke, and family members.

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  • "A documentary on the powerful, flamboyant and controversial Harlem minister/ Congressman, Adam Clayton Powell."
  • "This is a compelling portrait of the legendary African American leader, Adam Clayton Powell as well as a fascinating look at the beginning of modern black politics in this country. Handsome, brilliant and controversial, he was the pastor of America s largest Protestant congregation; an early champion in the Civil Rights movement, and the first African-American Congressman from a northeastern state. The film follows his political climb in the Harlem of the Depression 30s. As minister of Harlem s Abysinnian Baptist Church, Powell used his charismatic power in the battle for equal employment. Once in Congress, he fought persistently to deny federal funding to segregated facilities. Under Presidents Kennedy and Johnson he was instrumental in passing much of the social legislation known as "The Great Society." At the peak of his power, he was the most influential black man in America. Yet his meteoric rise to power ended in an abrupt fall as financial indiscretions and personal excesses caught up with him. The film pulls together facts, remembrances and opinions into a compelling narrative. Heard from are Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm, writer Roger Wilkins, Professor John Henry Clarke, and family members."@en
  • "This is a compelling portrait of the legendary African American leader, Adam Clayton Powell as well as a fascinating look at the beginning of modern black politics in this country. Handsome, brilliant and controversial, he was the pastor of America s largest Protestant congregation; an early champion in the Civil Rights movement, and the first African-American Congressman from a northeastern state. The film follows his political climb in the Harlem of the Depression 30s. As minister of Harlem's Abysinnian Baptist Church, Powell used his charismatic power in the battle for equal employment. Once in Congress, he fought persistently to deny federal funding to segregated facilities. Under Presidents Kennedy and Johnson he was instrumental in passing much of the social legislation known as "The Great Society." At the peak of his power, he was the most influential black man in America. Yet his meteoric rise to power ended in an abrupt fall as financial indiscretions and personal excesses caught up with him. The film pulls together facts, remembrances and opinions into a compelling narrative. Heard from are Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm, writer Roger Wilkins, Professor John Henry Clarke, and family members."@en
  • "This is a compelling portrait of the legendary African American leader, Adam Clayton Powell as well as a fascinating look at the beginning of modern black politics in this country. The film follows his political climb in the Harlem of the Depression 30s. As minister of Harlem's Abysinnian Baptist Church, Powell used his charismatic power in the battle for equal employment. Once in Congress, he fought persistently to deny federal funding to segregated facilities. Under Presidents Kennedy and Johnson he was instrumental in passing much of the social legislation known as "The Great Society." At the peak of his power, he was the most influential black man in America. Yet his meteoric rise to power ended in an abrupt fall as financial indiscretions and personal excesses caught up with him. The film pulls together facts, remembrances and opinions into a compelling narrative. Heard from are Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm, writer Roger Wilkins, Professor John Henry Clarke, and family members."
  • "Documentary about the life of Adam Clayton Powell, U.S. Congressman and pastor of the largest Black congregation in the country. Includes archival film footage, still photographs, and on-screen interviews."@en
  • "A look at the most influential and flamboyant civil rights leader in America from the 1930s through the 1950s. From his emergence as a pastor of Harlem's Abyssinian Baptist Church, to his riotous political climb and eventual ruin. He had an illustrious but controversial career. He had multiple marriages, taunted the white establishment, his desegregation of Congress, and his shameful smearing of Martin Luther King Jr."@en
  • "Julian Bond narrates this documentary on the life of Adam Clayton Powell, U.S. Congressman and pastor of the largest Black congregation in the country. Utilizes archival footage, still photographs and on-screen interviews."@en
  • "Highlighting both his remarkable achievements and his fatal flaws, this documentary is a dramatic portrait of Adam Clayton Powell, the flamboyant black Congressman and minister who became one of the most powerful, controversial politicians of his time."@en
  • "Highlighting both his remarkable achievements and his fatal flaws, this documentary is a dramatic portrait of Adam Clayton Powell, the flamboyant black Congressman and minister who became one of the most powerful, controversial politicians of his time."

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  • "Biographical films"@en
  • "Documentary films"@en
  • "Documentaries and factual films and video"@en
  • "Documentaries and factual films and video"
  • "Documentary"@en
  • "Black films and programs"@en
  • "Black films and programs"
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