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October 18 2021 7:53pm

Colin Powell, first Black U.S. secretary of state, dies at 84

Colin Powell, known for his pivotal role in what was dubbed America’s “war on terror,” has died at 84 of complications from COVID-19, according to his family, who adds he was fully vaccinated against the virus. America’s first Black secretary of state also had multiple myeloma and Parkinson’s, which made him more vulnerable to COVID-19. Jackson Proskow looks back at the complex legacy of Powell, a key player in Washington, D.C. after 9/11.

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