The Congress: Judgment of Daniel

Let us have wine and women, mirth and laughter,

Sermons and soda-water the day after.

—Byron

Adam Clayton Powell has many proclivities in common with George Gordon Byron, but he has one clear occupational advantage over the poet. He composes his own sermons. Last week, addressing the faithful at Harlem's Abyssinian Baptist Church, Pastor-Congressman Powell recounted the saga of Daniel, with himself in the starring role. The lions, he implied, were those ravening "racists" on his House Education and Labor Committee who planned to make entrecote of their chairman.

Two hours after Powell...

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