This is a statue of Adam Clayton Powell Jr. on the corner of 125th streeet and ACP(Adam Clayton Powell or 7th ave.), diagnal from the state building also named after him. We could stand to use more representatives in government like him.
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 18th district
Preceded by Walter A. Lynch
Succeeded by Charles B. Rangel
Born November 29, 1908(1908-11-29)
New Haven, Connecticut
Died April 4, 1972(1972-04-04) (aged 63)
Resting place Ashes scattered over Bimini
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) 1) Isabel Washington, 1933 (div);
2) Hazel Scott, 1945 (div.);
3) Yvette Flores Diago, 1970 (div.)
Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., (November 29, 1908 – April 4, 1972) was an American politician and pastor who represented Harlem, New York City, in the United States House of Representatives (1945–71). He was the first person in New York of African-American descent elected to Congress, and became a powerful national politician.
In 1961, after sixteen years in the House, Powell became chairman of the Education and Labor Committee, the most powerful position held by an African American in Congress. As Chairman, he supported the passage of important social legislation under presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson. Following allegations of corruption, in 1967 Powell was excluded from his seat by Democratic Representatives-elect of the 90th Congress but he was re-elected; and he regained the seat in a 1969 United States Supreme Court ruling.