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This is the second in the 2023 series of videos recognizing key African American figures in the Episcopal Church and beyond.

Colin Powell (April 5, 1937 – October 18, 2021), was a lifelong Episcopalian and an esteemed public servant who has had a lasting impact on global affairs. He was born in 1937 in Harlem and raised in the South Bronx. After earning a Bachelor of Science degree in geology from City College of New York, Powell joined the Army and served two tours in Vietnam. He then attended Georgetown University and obtained a Master of Science Degree in Business Administration. Powell was National Security Advisor from 1987 to 1989 and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from 1989 to 1993. Powell was appointed the 65th United States Secretary of State in 2001, where he served until 2005. After retirement, he founded the Colin Powell Center for Leadership and Service and served on the boards of several major corporations. He is widely respected for his contributions to global affairs and is considered one of the most influential public servants of the 21st century.

Fr. Ted Estes is the interim rector of St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, Joplin and a member of the Diversity and Reconciliation Commission.

Archive Photographs:

  • An Armed Forces Body Bearer Team carries a flag-draped casket of Gen. (ret). Colin Powell at the Washington National Cathedral, Washington, D.C., Nov. 5, 2021. (U.S. Army photo by Cpl. XaViera Masline)
  • General Colin Powell, National Archives
  • Retired Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and former Secretary of State, Gen. Colin Powell gives interviews with the media on the “Red Carpet” during the world premiere of the movie Fury at the Newseum in Washington D.C. (Department of Defense photo by Marvin Lynchard)
  • Cover: My American Journey, Amazon
  • Other images: Colin Powell.

Music: Abobe Stock

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