Colin Powell, the award-winning four-star general who became the first black secretary of state and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will be honored at a memorial service on November 5 at Washington National Cathedral.
Powell died in October from complications related to COVID-19.
Before the funeral begins, PBS NewsHour’s Nicole Ellis will be broadcasting a special, starting at 11:00 ET, detailing Powell’s long legacy, from his career in the military, his involvement in justifying the Iraq war, and his achievements. country and Black community. She was joined by Los Angeles Times executive editor Kevin Merida, military historian Richard Cohn and PBS NewsHour correspondent Nick Shifrin.
Watch the live coverage of the PBS NewsHour and the funeral beginning November 5 at 11:00 am ET.
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Powell has served Democratic and Republican presidents during war and peace, and has earned a reputation as a reliable and just leader. A Vietnam War veteran, Powell rose to the rank of four-star general and in 1989 became the first black chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. In this role, he led the US invasion of Panama and then the US invasion of Kuwait to oust the Iraqi army in 1991.
He was the son of Jamaican immigrants and grew up in Hunts Point, a diverse area in the Bronx. His 35-year military career began in the Reserve Officer Training Program, or ROTC, at the City College of New York.
He became a platoon leader in Cold War Germany, then served twice in Vietnam. He rose quickly to become the fourth black four-star general in the country and, by the end of Reagan’s rule, the first black national security adviser.
However, his reputation and legacy were forever tarnished when he stood before the United Nations and cited false evidence that Saddam Hussein had secretly hidden weapons of mass destruction as part of the justification for the US invasion of Iraq in 2003.
Learn more about Powell’s life and legacy:
How Colin Powell was the nexus for America’s “fateful” decisions
Remembering the life and legacy of Colin Powell, a national security pioneer
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