American Experience: Adam Clayton Powell (1989)

Genres - History  |   Sub-Genres - Biography, Politics & Government  |  
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This is dramatic portrait of the flamboyant Harlem minister and Congressman. Through archival footage, still photographs, and onscreen interviews, Adam Clayton Powell provides a colorful and candid portrait of a man known for both his love of the "good life" and his dedication to civil rights. Narrated by Julian Bond, this documentary includes illuminating interviews with Shirley Chisholm, Julius Lester, and Powell's son -- Adam Clayton Powell III. Powell himself emerges as an important and tragic figure in the early stages of modern black politics in America.

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Civil-Rights, leader, life, minister, politician