Williams' Statement On The Passing Of Former Secretary Colin Powell

October 18th, 2021

Press Release

"I offer prayers for peace and comfort to the family and friends of former Secretary Colin Powell today. His passing from COVID-19 after a long battle with cancer is a sobering reminder of the state of this pandemic and the strength of this virus.

"Colin Powell, a first-generation native New Yorker and CUNY graduate of Caribbean heritage, is a prominent figure with a complicated legacy. He had a record many throughout the political spectrum – including myself – would find fault in, particularly his role in supporting very harmful foreign policy. At the same time, he was a role model for many across that same spectrum, and the importance of seeing a Black man at the highest levels of our government in that time cannot be understated. He was committed to his country, community, and public service – before, during, and after his time in government.

"The symbol and story of Colin Powell, the impact of his career, are all a part of the legacy we remember and the person we memorialize today."

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