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Colin Powell: Former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Dies at 84

Updated: Oct 22, 2021

We honor Colin Powell for his monumental accomplishments in black history. On Monday, October 18, 2021, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staffs Colin Powell passed away. We Were Funky would like to take the time to relish on his achievements and the changes he made for the U.S.

Colin Powell began his service to the U.S. in 1963 as one of the advisors sent to South Vietnam under Kennedy’s Administration. Powell was awarded several medals for his courage, commitment, and dauntless acts of bravery as he toured Vietnam. Years later, Powell earned his MBA at George Washington University, in Washington, D.C. Immediately after, he won a White House Fellowship in 1972. Powell served both in the White House and on the battle grounds over the span of 2 decades. He served under the Reagan, Bush, Nixon, and Clinton administrations, to which he was already impacting history by being an African American man to make it into the White House. Colin Powell wanted to effect change and it started on the battle fields for him.