Washington, D.C. – Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) today spoke on the Senate floor regarding the passing of former Secretary of State Colin Powell. Below are Senator Schumer’s remarks, which can also be viewed here:
I begin today with the news that General Colin Powell, who served our nation as the first African American Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the first African American Secretary of State, passed away this morning at 84.
General Powell leaves behind a distinguished, trailblazing legacy. Born in Harlem to Jamaican parents, he grew up with his sister and parents in the South Bronx, graduating from Melrose High School in the Bronx in 1954. At City College, his life changed forever when he joined the school’s ROTC program, quickly becoming a standout member and earing his commission as second lieutenant in the Army after graduation.
From humble beginnings, General Powell’s career broke one glass ceiling after another. His life was a manifestation of the American dream, a true American success story.
I join all Americans in remembering Gen. Powell’s life and his dedication to the country we love. My thoughts are with his wife Alma, his three children, and his entire family.