New York: Adam's Vacuum

Once he was Harlem's favorite leader, preacher and rogue. They winked at his womanizing and junketeering, packed the Abyssinian Baptist Church every Sunday to hear his baritone homilies. But seven months after the U.S. House of Representatives refused to seat him because of abuses of office, Adam Clayton Powell is beginning to become just a flamboyant memory to the 431,000 people he no longer represents.

Powell has not been home for nearly a year, fearing that he will be clapped into jail on contempt charges springing from his failure to pay a libel judgment to a Harlem widow. Although the...

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