The Congress: The Basic Issue

All week Adam Clayton Powell kept New York in an uproar over whether he would return to Harlem from his Bimini exile on Palm Sunday. In the end, he disappointed his followers by deciding to tarry a while in his island sanctuary.

Powell's no-show was prompted by prudence; there was a warrant out for his arrest. With a citation for criminal contempt still hanging over him, he appealed for immunity from arrest on Sundays, was turned down 4 to 1 by the judges of the New York Appellate Division. "Surely," the court ruled, "one who disobeys an order during six...

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