Adam Clayton Powell IV
September 01, 2010, 06:59 PM
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Adam Clayton Powell IV, a black New York state Assemblyman from Harlem, who is the son of the famous black Congressman Adam Clayton Powell Jr., is challenging Charlie Rangel for his seat in the House of Representatives. In 1970, Rangel defeated Powell Jr. (1908-1972) when Powell ran into corruption charges.

But that raises the obvious question: How is Adam Clayton Powell IV the son of Adam Clayton Powell Jr.? Was there ever an Adam Clayton Powell III? How exactly does that work?

Otherwise, I can't think of any other heredity-related questions to ask about Adam Clayton Powell IV.

Nope, I'm drawing a blank.

Oh, yeah, I wanted to ask: Where did Rep. Rangel get his accent? I know Mike Tyson got his from his trainer, Cus D'Amato, but where did Charlie Rangel's accent come from?

P.S. Here's a family tree. I can't begin to make sense of it, but it's good to know it's out there.