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    THE FLAMBOYANT AMERICAN POLITICIAN, MR. ADAM CLAYTON POWELL, RETURNED TO NEW YORK'S HARLEM NEGRO QUARTER?

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    THE FLAMBOYANT AMERICAN POLITICIAN, MR. ADAM CLAYTON POWELL, RETURNED TO NEW YORK'S HARLEM NEGRO QUARTER YESTERDAY (SATURDAY) AND TO A JOYOUS WELCOME FROM HIS FORMER CONSTITUENTS -- IN SPITE OF THE RISK OF BEING SENT TO PRISON FOR ALLEGED CONTEMPT OF COURT. MR. POWELL, FLEW TO NEW YORK AND SURRENDERED TO A SHERIFF WHO PUT HIM ON PAROLE PENDING A COURT HEARING.

    MR. POWELL HELD A HARLEM SEAT IN THE FEDERAL CONGRESS FOR 22 YEARS AND WAS DEPRIVED OF HIS SEAT FOR ALLEGEDLY DEFYING THE NEW YORK LAW COURTS AND MISUSING PUBLIC FUNDS. MR. POWELL, WHO IS ALSO A PREACHER OF THE ABYSSINIAN BAPTIST CHURCH IN HARLEM, RECEIVED A TUMULTUOUS WELCOME FROM CROWDS IN THE NEGRO QUARTER. THERE WERE JOYOUS CRIES OF "BIG DADDY IS BACK", AND MANY SHOUTED ADAM CLAYTON POWELL'S OWN FAMILIAR CATHCHRY: "KEEP THE FAITH, BABY".

    SPEAKING IN POURING RAIN ON A STREET CORNER DEEP IN THE HARLEM SLUMS, THE POLITICIAN-PREACHER TOLD HIS ADMIRERS: "WE ARE IN THE MIDST OF THE SECOND CIVIL WAR. THE PERIOD OF NON-VIOLENCE HAS COME TO AN END. WE DON'T WANT VIOLENCE, BUT IF IT COMES WE'RE READY FOR IT." MR. POWELL SAID LATER THAT HE SAW HIS RETURN AS "THE OPENING OF MY CAMPAIGN FOR RE-ELECTIONS".

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    Film ID:
    VLVA3O57FCXN8JRLS3HHYMD1S9OX
    Media URN:
    VLVA3O57FCXN8JRLS3HHYMD1S9OX
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    24/03/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:53:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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