Colin Powell

Colin Luther Powell (/ˈkoʊlɪn/; born April 5, 1937) is an American politician and retired four-star general in the United States Army. During his military career, Powell also served as National Security Advisor (1987–1989), as Commander of the U.S. Army Forces Command (1989) and as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (1989–1993), holding the latter position during the Persian Gulf War. Powell was the first, and so far the only, Jamaican American to serve on the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He was the 65th United States Secretary of State, serving under U.S. President George W. Bush from 2001 to 2005, the first black person to serve in that position. More about Colin Powell

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Gen. Colin Powell to speak at Rice University commencement (03/18/15): Retired Gen. Colin Powell, former secretary of state and former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will deliver the commencement address at Rice University May 16. Go to news article

Colin Powell to speak at graduation (03/18/15): The Rice University administration announced Wednesday that former Secretary of State and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Colin Powell will deliver this year’s commencement address on May 16. Go to news article

Colin Powell to speak at CNU on Thursday (03/17/15): Colin Powell, retired four-star general and former secretary of state, will speak Thursday night at the Ferguson Center for the Arts in Newport News. Go to news article

Watch: Colin Powell Still Sees Dark Vein of Intolerance in GOP (03/15/15): The former secretary of state is interviewed on 'This Week.' Go to news article

Colin Powell -- I'm An Independent ... When It Comes to Mayweather vs. Pacquiao (03/09/15): There's one fight retired four-star general Colin Powell wants no piece of -- and it's the upcoming fight of the century ... Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao. The former U.S. Secretary of State was in Washington, D.C. over the weekend when… Go to news article

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Colin Powell ‘shocked but not that surprised’ by Ferguson report (03/2015): The former secretary of state weighs in on a report about racial bias in the Ferguson Police Department. Go to news article

Watch: Feb. 5, 2003: Colin Powell on WMD #TBT (02/2015): Before a U.N. Security Council, Sec. of State Powell makes case for war in Iraq. #ThrowbackThursday Go to news article

Colin Powell on Cuba: Time now to turn that 'page of history' (12/2014): Former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell said Thursday that it's "time now to turn" the "page of history" on U.S.-Cuba relations, but that pressure on the Castro brothers will remain going into the future in the wake of the announcement that the U.S. will begin to normalize relations with ... Go to news article

Colin Powell Has a Hot Tub Room Full of Portraits of Himself (11/2014): What do you do when you're the US Secretary of State, and world leaders constantly insist on giving you portraits of yourself? Former Secretary of State Colin Powell points out that you can't turn them down, so he keeps them all. In his hot tub room. Go to news article

Colin Powell on 'Fury': 'This is really how it is' (10/2014): Retired General Colin Powell, left, and actor Brad Pitt arrive for the world premiere of “Fury” at the Newseum on Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014, in Washington. Go to news article

‘None Whatsoever’: Colin Powell Has No Buyer’s Remorse over Endorsing Obama (09/2014): Asked whether he has any buyer's remorse about endorsing President Barack Obama , former Secretary of State Colin Powell wholeheartedly said: "None whatsoever." Go to news article

Colin Powell, Alma Powell and Laysha Ward: Saving one child at a time (08/2014): Every child needs a caring adult. Could you be that adult for one child? Go to news article

Report: Colin Powell, others kept in dark about CIA techniques after 9/11 (07/2014): A Senate report on the CIA's interrogation and detention practices after the 9/11 attacks concludes that the agency initially kept the secretary of state and some U.S. Go to news article

In a speech Wednesday, Gen. Colin Powell says Washington could use some of Ameri (06/2014): In a speech Wednesday, Gen. Colin Powell says Washington could use some of Amercans' optimism Go to news article

Colin Powell urges grads to work hard, give back (05/2014): The A's he earned in ROTC helped boost his GPA to 2.0 -- enough for him to graduate 56 years ago. "School officials said, 'That's good enough for government work. Get him out of here and we'll never see him again.'" Go to news article

Colin Powell to be featured speaker at Cleveland Foundation's centennial meeting (04/2014): General Colin Powell to be the featured speaker at the Cleveland Foundation's centennial meeting Go to news article

Colin Powell advises Worcester Tech students to do their best every day (03/2014): WORCESTER and#8212; If you're in the market for a motivational speaker to stress the importance of getting good grades in school, don't hire retired Gen. Colin L. Powell. Go to news article

Colin Powell to headline Impact series at Vanderbilt (02/2014): Former Secretary of State Colin Powell is scheduled to headline Vanderbilt University's 50th annual Impact Symposium March 17-19.

Clayton Carpenter's pastor: 'We were going to have another Gen. Colin Powell' in (01/2014): Army Capt. Clayton Carpenter, a Lakeland High School graduate who died last week in a Blackhawk helicopter training accident in Savannah, Ga., will be buried in Arlington National Cemetery after family and friends gather for a funeral expected to be held Saturday in Shrub Oak.

Colin Powell to speak at MSU (12/2013): Former Secretary of State Gen. Colin L. Powell will be the keynote speaker for Missouri State University's Spring Public Affairs Convocation, at 8 p.m. March 20 at JQH Arena.

Colin Powell reunites with YRP pilot who saved his life (11/2013): Royes is the chief pilot for Air 2 — the York Regional Police helicopter — but in the early '90s he was a Jamaican military pilot.

Colin Powell Gives Critical View Of GOP, Calls For Change (10/2013):        

Colin Powell at Cal U: We must educate, inspire youths for leadership (09/2013): By Joe Napsha, Tribune-Review For four-star Gen. Colin Powell, educating the nation’s youth and increasing diversity are important to the nation’s future as demographics change. “In another generation, the ...

Move Over, Stephen Colbert: Colin Powell Has a Daft Punk Dance Party With Jamie (08/2013): If Stephen Colbert ever organizes a sequel to his viral Daft Punk dance routine, we know which former secretary of state he should bring to the party next time. Colin Powell joined Jamie...

Colin Powell among speakers for simulcast summit (07/2013): Saint Stephen United Methodist Church is a premier satellite host site for the 2013 Willow Creek Global Leadership Summit on Aug. 8 and 9. Go to news article

Colin Powell's office writes; Glasstown sale; Silver Lake; BEN Column, June 17, (06/2013): Loading headlines... Loading headlines... Loading headlines... Go to news article

Colin Powell to visit Union City school named after him (05/2013): The first African American to serve as secretary of state, Colin Powell will speak to students and the media on Tuesday Go to news article

City College names school for Colin Powell (04/2013): The City College of New York is renaming one of its divisions after former Secretary of State Colin Powell.

Colin Powell, Former Secretary of State, b. 1937 (03/2013): Ihad the nicest bike on Kelly Street, and I rode that thing everywhere—Pelham Bay Park, Orchard Beach, you name it, I rode it. The trolley car went right by my house on 163rd Street.

Colin Powell to Deliver "Thrive on Risk" Keynote Address at the MetricStream GRC (02/2013): PALO ALTO, Calif., Feb. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- General Colin L. Powell, USA (Ret.), former Secretary of State and National Security Advisor, will deliver the keynote address at the MetricStream GRC Summit ...

Colin Powell Tells Fox News' Bill O'Reilly Why He Voted For Obama Twice (01/2013): In an exclusive and wide-ranging interview on Tuesday, Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly asked former Secretary of State Colin Powell how he could vote for President Barack Obama twice as a Republican. Go to news article

Colin Powell Joins DUG Permian Basin Conference (12/2012): HOUSTON, Dec. 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Retired Gen. Colin L. Powell, former U.S. Secretary of State, will deliver the keynote luncheon address at Hart Energy's Developing Unconventionals (DUG™) Permian ...

Tickets to Colin Powell speech to be disbursed starting Monday (11/2012): Tickets to see former military general and U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell speak at Central Michigan University will be available Monday. Powell will serve [...]

New Obama Ad Touts Colin Powell Endorsement (10/2012): The Obama campaign released a new ad on Thursday touting the recent endorsement of former Secretary of State Colin Powell, who served in the Bush administration.

Gen. Colin Powell stresses potential success, dangers of social media (09/2012): Gen. Colin Powell argued the potential is there for the social enterprise, but you can't have leaders that are terrified of it. Go to news article

Kofi Annan's memoir: Did Colin Powell doubt his own WMD claims? (08/2012): The former U.N. secretary-general says the former secretary of State was always skeptical of the evidence he used to justify the war in Iraq

Colin Powell Students Look To Bright Future (07/2012): It was a big day on Wednesday for the 121 eighth graders at Colin Powell Academy, as they were promoted into the next stage of their lives — high school.