Oct 18, 2021
Former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell, 84, Passes From COVID-19 Related Complications
By: Lacy Crawford, Jr
(Washington, D.C.) – Retired four-star general Colin L. Powell, who served as the nation’s top soldier, diplomat and national security adviser, died on Monday from complications of COVID-19. Powell was 84 at the time of his passing. Powell was a “strong proponent” of affirmative action during his lifetime.
“Colin Powell was a consummate servant leader who, through his numerous leadership posts, was dedicated to protecting our nation while also helping us to live up to its highest ideals. His patriotism is defined not only by his military service, but also by his embrace of racial diversity to move our country toward inclusion, exemplified by his early support of affirmative action programs in higher education that were under attack in the nation’s highest court. Colin Powell moved across partisan lines and spoke up for justice when it mattered most. His presence and influence will be missed.”
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