National Urban League Grieves the Passing of Former Secretary of State Colin Powell

Marc H. Morial President and CEO National Urban League

NEW YORK (October 18, 2021) – The passing of former Secretary of State and military leader Colin Powell is a tremendous loss to the nation, National Urban League President and CEO Marc H. Morial said today.

“Gen. Powell was a trailblazer, statesman, and a great friend and supporter of the National Urban League. His tireless service to the nation and its highest ideals serves as an inspiration to all Americans. His passing is a tremendous loss.

“Our heartfelt sympathy is with his wife, Alma, and their children, Linda, Annemarie and Michael.”

The National Urban League honored Gen. Powell with its Humanitarian Award at the Equal Opportunity Dinner in 2009 for his exemplary global leadership during his career as a soldier, statesman and diplomat. Gen. Powell also served on the National Urban League’s Honorary Centennial Committee and was a key supporter of “I Am Empowered,” an initiative to eliminate racial gaps in housing, education, employment and healthcare. He was a consistent and generous contributor to the National Urban League for many years.
“Gen. Powell will be remembered as a man of principle, courage and strength, who never wavered in his determination to hold America to the highest standards,” Morial said. “He is a role model whose life story will inspire generations of public servants who put the interests of the nation first regardless of party affiliation.”

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