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.