National Affairs: The Powell Amendments

Into a Manhattan federal courtroom last week strode the Rev. Adam Clayton Powell Jr., 51, pastor of Harlem's Abyssinian Baptist Church, longtime (eight terms) U.S. Democratic Congressman and alltime prince of New York City's big (900,000) Negro community. Handsome, carefully tailored Adam Powell was uncommonly nervous. After many and sundry delays the U.S. had finally haled him before a jury on two-year-old charges of dodging federal income taxes. The indictment charged that Powell, in filing 1951 and 1952 tax returns for himself and his estranged wife, Jazz Pianist Hazel Scott, had defrauded the...

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