A four-star general, Colin Powell was the first African American to serve as secretary of state and on the Joints Chief of Staff. He was the chief military strategist during Desert Shield and Desert Storm operations in Iraq. He died at age 84 from complications of COVID-19 on Oct. 18, 2021.

Colin Powell posted this image to his Facebook on March 13, 2014 with the caption, "Throwback Thursday - I was doing selfies 60 years before you Facebook folks. Eat your heart out Ellen!"
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