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couldn't be on the sinking side -- and my poor husband wasn't in
the political arena at all, so he had no power of that nature. And
all these people needed that kind of sustenance. I guess.
Did it come as a surprise to you that Adam Powell would fight
your hubsnd in this way?
No. It wasn't a surprise to me. No.No, because I was out side
of it enough to see that my husband really was a little naive, you
know. He's always accepted people on his terms, you know -- that they're
amiable and they're friendly and they're honest and they're going to
do the same thing. That's his approach to people and life, and he
had that same approach to Adam Powell. I don't know, somehow I
always had known that this man was a -- what he was. He wasn't going
to be on anybody's side, unless it was his side, really, and
Kenneth was a direct antagonist. He really was.
This is a personal opinion question, but how do you feel about
what Adam Powell did or did not do for the black race or for Harlem
as a community?
I feel Adam Powell did some very positive things for the
community. I really do. When I first came to New York, he was very
active in the protest movement about the stores on 1125th St., and
he was leading people in marcx hes up and down 125th St., to protest
against the white merchants and the fact that they weren't hiring
blacks. I think that had an influence in opening up125th St. Now,
admittedly, 125th St. is still not very open, but I think Powell did
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