On the Lam

Democratic Congressman Adam Clayton Powell Jr. is the most powerful and probably the most popular political figure in Harlem. And he keeps that status even though he has been on the lam from Harlem, and New York State, for nearly two years.

Powell's problem is this: on March 6, 1960, he appeared on television to indulge in one of his routine denunciations of cops in Harlem, most of whom he claims are on the take from gamblers, narcotics and flesh peddlers; in the course of his diatribe, he named a Harlem widow named Esther James as "bag woman" for the police department.


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