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Richard Kilberg (writer)
Phyllis Garland (writer)
The Academy Award-nominated ADAM CLAYTON POWELL delves into the gripping life and career of the most... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Julian Bond ... Narrator (voice)
John Brademas ... Himself
Calvin O. Butts III ... Himself (as Rev. Calvin O. Butts III)

Stokely Carmichael ... Himself (archive footage)
Shirley Chisholm ... Herself
John Henrik Clarke ... Himself (as Dr. John Henrik Clarke)
John Aubrey Davis ... Himself
Hattie Dodson ... Herself
James Farmer ... Himself
Lenworth Gunther ... Herself
Charles Hamilton ... Himself

Lyndon Johnson ... Himself (archive footage)
J. Raymond Jones ... Himself

Martin Luther King ... Himself (archive footage)
Julius Lester ... Himself
Marian Logan ... Herself
Adam Clayton Powell Jr. ... Himself (archive footage)
Hazel Scott ... Herself (archive footage)
Wyatt Tee Walker ... Himself (as Rev. Wyatt Tee Walker)
Isabel Washington ... Herself
Albert W. Watson ... Himself (archive footage)
Roger Wilkins ... Himself

Directed by
Richard Kilberg 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Phyllis Garland  writer
Richard Kilberg  writer

Produced by
Gary R. George .... co-producer
Richard Kilberg .... producer
Barbara Margolis .... co-producer
Yvonne Smith .... producer
Cinematography by
John Hazard 
John Heller 
Paul Koestner 
Allen Moore 
Bill Sheehy 
Buddy Squires 
Sound Department
Paul Alvarez .... sound
Jeffrey Kenton .... sound
Mathew Price .... sound mixer
Roger Sherman .... sound
Rob Silverthorne .... sound
Douglas Tourtelot .... sound
Editorial Department
Victor Kanefsky .... supervising editor
Rob Kuhns .... editor
Barbara Margolis .... archival research
Yvonne Smith .... archival research
Music Department
Michael Sahl .... music editor
Ramsey Clark .... special thanks
Joyce Compton .... special thanks
Nancy Crumley .... special thanks
Arthur Kinoy .... special thanks
David Licorish .... special thanks (as Rev. David Licorish)
Queen Mother Moore .... special thanks
Warren Moorman .... special thanks (as Dr. Warren Moorman)

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54 min

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5 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
A look at an early and controversial civil rights leader, 30 March 2001
Author: movieman-187 from NYC

This documentary employs mostly talking heads and old still pictures to relay its message about the life and work of Harlem preacher and Congressman Adam Clayton Powell. As one of the first black Congressmen, Powell deserves a lot of credit for helping ignite the civil rights movement. He helped blacks get into the navy, obtain government jobs, and boycott racist businesses. However, after the rise of Martin Luther King, Powell faded, as a man who was only looking out for himself. He was no longer THE black leader so he retreated to the Bahamas to live in luxury. I admit that I was not alive during the Civil Rights Movement, but I find most of what Mr. Powell did to be only for Mr. Powell. I don't think he is or was ever a good symbol for black strive, and the movie fails because it tries to view his life through rose tinted glasses. It is not a balanced piece. The whole story is not accurately represented. In fact, out of all the people who gave insight about this man, only one was white, and everybody put a positive spin on anything he did. This was an interesting man in life, but a poor movie about it. 4/10

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