Adam Clayton Powell, Sr. was born on May 5, 1865 in Franklin County, Virginia. Rev. Powell was the pastor of the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem, New York. Under his leadership the church grew to have the largest Protestant congregation in the United States with 10,000 members. Powell was one of the founders of the National Urban League and the father of Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. who followed him as pastor of the Abyssinian Baptist Church. His son, Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. was also a United States Congressman who represented Harlem for twelve terms.
Adam Clayton Powell, Sr.'s son Adam Clayton Powell, Jr delivers his "What's In Your Hand" speech.
Words That Matter
Adam Clayton Powell, Jr.
"Press forward at all times, climbing forward toward that higher ground of the harmonious society that shapes the laws of man to the laws of God."
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