Q: Was the family consulted at all in the
making of Keep The Faith, Baby? Is it historically
A: Yes, Adam Clayton Powell, III and (Hon.) IV
were very involved in the production, and in verifying accuracy of the
script, and in fact, IV makes a cameo appearance in the movie.
Q: Is Colin Powell related to any of the Adam
A: No, no relation. Colin Powell is from Jamaica.
Anthony Powell, ACP Sr.'s father, got his name from a Virginia family, as
discussed in Adam by Adam, the autobiography of Adam Clayton Powell,
However, Adam Clayton Powell, III and Colin Powell's son Michael Powell bear
a striking resemblance...
Q: I remember Tia Powell visiting Maude
Rutherford in Atlantic City. Where is she now?
A: Tia Powell? We're not aware of any of our
relations by that name
Q: What were the years Mr. Powell pastored in
Harlem at Abyssinia?
A: Adam Clayton Powell, Sr. retired on Nov. 1,
1937. His first resignation in 1935 was rejected, but his second in 1937 was
accepted. So Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. was promoted to Pastor in 1937, and
held that position until his passing in 1972.
Q: Are the sons, Adam Clayton Powell II and
Adam Clayton Powell Diago close? Did Mr. Powell's thrid wife out live him?
Were they married when he passed away?
A: In 1980, Adam Clayton Powell Diago became Adam
Clayton Powell, IV, and upon election to office, Hon. Adam Clayton Powell, IV
(cf. Dr. Adam Clayton Powell, IV; see the Family
Tree). As noted above, he and Adam Clayton Powell, III were co-producers
of the Showtime movie Keep the Faith, Baby, and are quite close.
All three of Adam Clayton Powell, Jr.'s wives outlived him, though Hazel
Scott passed away in 1981.
Q: I recently saw the SHOWTIME movie regarding
your grandfather. I become interested in him since my brother's middle name
is "Clayton". I went on-line to learn more about him and your grandmother,
but I am confused about the lineage.
If you don't mind sharing this information with me, I really would
A: The Family Tree
page explains much of this.
Q: How many children did Adam Clayton Powell
Jr. have, what were the wives names, and what are the children doing now?
Was Adam Clayton Powell really as outspoken and he is shown in the movie
Keep The Faith Baby?
A: Again, much of this is on the
Family Tree page, but here's the short version:
Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. and Isabelle Powell adopted one son named Preston
(not mentioned in the movie); he and Hazel Scott had one son, ACP, III; he
and Yvette Diago had one son, (Hon.) ACP, IV.
And yes, he was every bit as outspoken as is portrayed in the movie, if not
more so. For more depth on this, I recommend his autobiography, Adam by
Adam, and the more recent biography King of the Cats by Roy