Adam Clayton Powell Research Paper

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Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. was the first person of African American descent elected to Congress from New York. He was in office for 26 years, from 1945 to 1971. He was born in New Haven, Connecticut. His father was a Baptist minister and pastor of the Abyssinian Baptist Church in the Harlem neighborhood of New York City. He attended Townsend Harris High School. He went to the City College of New York and Colgate University and received a Master of Arts in religious education from Columbia University. During the Great Depression, he became a civil rights leader of Harlem, New York. In 1937, he succeeded his father as pastor of the Abyssinian Baptist Church. In 1944, Powell was elected as a Democrat to represent the Congressional District that
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