Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Quotes

Adam Clayton Powell Jr. (November 29, 1908 – April 4, 1972) was a Baptist pastor and an American politician, who represented Harlem, New York City, in the United States House of Representatives (1945–71). He was the first person of African-American descent to be elected from New York to Congress. Oscar Stanton De Priest of Illinois was the first black person to be elected to Congress in the 20th century; Powell was the fourth

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Adam Clayton Powell, Jr.


Mix a conviction with a man and...

Adam Clayton Powell, Jr.


It's never the right time to take a particular stand.

Adam Clayton Powell, Jr.


I am the product of the sustained indignation of a branded grandfather, the militant protest of my grandmother, the disciplined resentment of my father and mother, and the power of the mass action of the church.

Adam Clayton Powell, Jr.


There is no future for a people who deny their past.

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.

Adam Clayton Powell, Jr.


We have produced a world of contented bodies and discontented minds.

Adam Clayton Powell, Jr.


The black man continues on his way. He plods wearily no longer-he is striding freedom road with the knowledge that if he hasn't got the world in a jug, at least he has the stopper in his hand.

Adam Clayton Powell, Jr.