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Community and state leaders remembers legacy of the late Colin Powell

Powell passed away Monday due to COVID-19 complications

HARTFORD, Conn. — Colin Powell's death created waves across the country on Monday. 

"When you think of the words statesman, when you think of a global figure, he is the epitome of that example," explained Megan Torrey, CEO of World Affairs Council of Connecticut.   

Many leaders across the country, state, and city called Powell a national treasure with a considerable legacy. 

"He was an amazing public servant, a great adviser to presidents on both sides of the aisle, and just the type of American we're going to miss desperately," said Governor Lemont during a news conference on Monday afternoon. 

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Powell was the first Black US secretary of state, national security adviser, and youngest and first African American chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Torrey said Powell's impact was broad. 

"Not only around the world, here in the United States, but also here in our community," explained Torrey.  

In 1998, Powell spoke at Trinity College for a Boys and Girls Club dedication.

"His words had credibility worldwide so when he spoke, people listened," explained International Relations expert Yvonne Davis.

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Davis said it was his immense impact and achievements that made him legendary in the world today. 

"What people have to understand is that Secretary Powell had a foreign policy doctrine of when military engagement should take place in the United States," Davis explained. 

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Davis worked under Secretary Powell as a speaker, trainer, and lecturer for the U.S. Department of State. She said it was Powell's vision for leadership that will forever leave a mark on the world.

"What's most important is that his actions followed his words. As a leader, as a sectary, and as someone with influence in our own country," explained Davis.

Raquel Harrington is the race and culture reporter at FOX61 News. She can be reached at rharrington@fox61.comFollow her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram 


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