Who was Colin Powell? First Black secretary of state dies from COVID complications.

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Former US Secretary of State Colin Powell passed away on Monday morning due to complications from COVID-19, according to a statement shared on his family’s Facebook page.

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The four-star general was the first black Secretary of State in American history, serving from 2001 to 2005 under former President George W.

Powell, 84, was born on April 5, 1937, in the neighborhood of Harlem in New York City. During his long stint in the military, he served two tours in Vietnam and rose in the ranks 12th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the highest ranking military appointment in the Department of Defense.


“We have lost a remarkable and loving husband, father, grandfather and a great American,” Powell’s family said in their statement.

From the Bronx to the Joint Chiefs

Powell was the son of two Jamaican immigrants, and was raised in the South Bronx, historian’s office.

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After graduating from the City College of New York, he joined the US Army in 1958, where he served for 35 years until his retirement in 1993. He rose up the ranks and was promoted to the rank of general in 1989 and later became the chairman of the joint chiefs. Employees of former President George HW Bush.

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As chairman, he oversaw the 1991 invasion of Panama and planning for Operation Desert Storm, according to the US State Department website.

In 2000, Powell was nominated as Secretary of State by then-President George W. Bush, the first black person to hold the position.

Did Colin Powell have a family?

According to History Makers, Powell married Alma Powell, formerly Johnson, in 1962, and the couple has a son named Michael Powell.

They also have two daughters, Linda Powell and Anne Marie Powell, who have careers in the film industry.

Alma Powell is a longtime advocate for youth and children’s rights and served as the chair of the board of directors of the Promise Alliance of America—a nationwide movement to improve the lives of youth, according to America’s Promise Coalition website.

Michael Powell followed in his father’s footsteps and joined the army after graduating from the College of William and Mary. After serving in the military, Michael was appointed by former President George W. Bush as chairman of the Federal Communications Commission in 2001.

What are some of the most famous quotes by Colin Powell?

  • “Leadership is solving problems. The day soldiers stop bringing their problems to you, you have stopped leading them.”

  • “If you’re going to excel at the big things, you develop the habit in the small things.”

  • “A dream does not become a reality by magic; It takes sweat, determination and hard work.”

  • “Never get so close to your position that when the position goes, your ego goes with it.”

  • “If you don’t care about who gets the credit, there’s no end to the good you can do.”

Defense Secretary Dick Cheney (left) administers the oath of office to General Colin L. Powell, USA, Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff.  General Powell's wife Alma is shown holding a Bible on 6 October 1989.

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