(CNN) Colin Powell First Black US Secretary of State, the first Black US, whose leadership during many Republican administrations helped define American foreign policy during the final decade during the latter half of 20th Century, and in the beginning of the 21st century. He passed away from complications caused by Covid-19, his family announced on Facebook. He was 84.
” General Colin L. Powell, former U.S. Secretary of State and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, passed away this morning due to complications from Covid 19,” the Powell family announced via Facebook saying he’d been completely immunized.
“We have lost a remarkable and loving husband, father, grandfather and a great American,” they wrote.
Powell was a distinguished and innovative professional soldier, whose career took his from military service during Vietnam and eventually becoming the very first Black national security adviser at the final days of the presidency of Ronald Reagan and the youngest and the first African American chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under the presidency of President George H.W. Bush.
The popularity of his country soared in following the American-led coalition victory in the Gulf War, and for some time during the mid-90s the time, he was viewed as an ideal candidate to be the first Black president in the United States. But his name was forever tarnished when as George Bush. Bush’s secretary of State the president pushed for faulty intelligence in his time at the United Nations to advocate for the Iraq War, which he would later claim was an “blot” on his record.
Bush declared in a press release on Monday Powell had been “a great public servant” who was “such popular with Presidents that he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom -twice. He was highly regarded in the United States and abroad. Most importantly, Colin was a family man and a good friend.”
Although Powell did not pursue an White House bid, when his appointment as Bush’s secretary of State at the end of 2001, Powell was the most powerful Black public official in the nation, standing fourth in the line of succession for presidents.
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