Powell graduated from Virginia in 1901. He was active as an alumnus, holding a concert series at Carnegie Hall in 1938 and donating the proceeds to Alderman Library, which used them to purchase letters written between Thomas Jefferson and Joseph C. Cabell. His students included Ernest Mead.
Powell was a white supremacist who helped to form an organization at the University called the Anglo-Saxon Clubs of America. The organization, whose president was Dr. Paul B. Barringer, sponsored successful state legislation in 1924 making intermarriage between whites and those with a "single drop of Negro blood."
- ↑ "Radio Items". College Topics: p. 2. 1940-02-26. http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=6AstAAAAIBAJ&sjid=JWkEAAAAIBAJ&dq=virginia%20glee-club%20john-powell&pg=2689%2C3530748.
- ↑ Dabney, Virginius (1981). Mr. Jefferson's University: A History. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press. p. 188. ISBN 081390904X. http://repo.lib.virginia.edu:18080/fedora/get/uva-lib:178665/uva-lib-bdef:100/getFullView.
- ↑ Dabney, 363.
- ↑ Dabney, 66.