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Adam Clayton Powell Jr Adam Clayton Powell Jr The first African American voted to congress from New York he combined a flair for militant speech ethics that drew crowds of African Americans and his social protest was a resemblance some of his political ambitions Powell career was a symbol of black posterity strength and most of all black protest Born in New haven Connecticut on November 29 1908 would soon move with his parents to New York City His father the Rev Adam Clayton Powell Sr was an active member in the struggle against racism and he also lectured on race relations at Colgate University City College of New York and Union Theological Seminary He was also the founder of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and also was one the organizers of the Silent Protest Parade The Reverend Powell was one who argued heavily in favor racial pride and believed in education and hard work Living in New York at a time when many blacks of the south where migrating to the northern cities Adam Clayton Powell Jr would follow close in his father footsteps As the groundwork was being laid by father the charismatic preacher who managed to increase the Abyssinian Church member substantially and buy land in Harlem to construct a new church building The younger Powell would begin to take a greater interest in what his father was doing in the community for African American later in his college years Powell would attend the City College of New York graduated with a B A degree from Colgate University and would earn a M A degree in religious education from Columbia University Soon Powell would become an assistant minister in his father church in Harlem The first signs of his oratory skills would manifest its self when Powell used picket lines and mass meetings to demand reforms at New Yorks Harlem Hospital The protest was
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