Civil Rights History #1: Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Maneuvers LBJ (Audio)

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Rep. Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. (left), Pres. Lyndon Baines Johnson (right)

This Featured History looks at the work of Democratic Congressman Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. (Nov. 29, 1908 – Apr. 4, 1972), who served 12 terms on behalf of three Districts in the U.S. House of Representatives. The audio below and related text show the most powerful African American in Congress during that time, using the power of his position to advocate for African Americans during a key period for civil rights legislation.

See the description below. Click the audio player to enjoy these two iconic figures.

 

President Johnson and Congressman Powell (March 1, 1965)


 

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DESCRIPTION:

“Powell Amendments” is the term given to a number of initiatives led by Rep. Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. to ensure legislation coming out of Capitol Hill addressed African American interests. As Chairman of Education and Labor Committee, Powell routinely challenged other Congressional officials and President Lyndon Johnson in the interest of his constituency in Harlem and for blacks coming into progress on civil rights. This audio has Johnson and Powell discussing a $1.2 billion education bill that Powell is stalling until inclusion of desired appropriation in an unrelated Appalachia bill. The reader is invited to hear the kind of leadership once known by African Americans in our nation’s capital. 

REF: LBJ Presidential Library, Ref: 2007 

URL: http://www.lbjlib.utexas.edu/Johnson/AV.hom/audio/7007_excerpt.mp3


 

 

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