Johnson, Thomas A. "Powell's Ouster As Pastor Sought by His Church Foes."
New York Times, March 25, 1968, p. 1, 46.
Adam Clayton Powell, pastor of Abyssinian Baptist Church in New York City and Congressman from
New York, spoke before his congregation on March 24th, 1968. This sermon came at a time when
there was a concerted effort to replace Powell as pastor within the church due to the controversy
surrounding his exclusion from his Congressional seat. During this sermon, Powell reiterated his
opposition to the Vietnam War stating, "Why should we impose a democracy on a group of sweet
people in Southeast Asia that we don't practice at home?" According to the article Powell had
"consistently ignored" requests from other civil rights organizations to "come
out strongly against the war in Vietnam." However, in 1966 Adam Clayton Powell came out
very strongly against the war even comparing the draft system to Hitler's idea of Aryan supermen.