Black History Month: Gen. Colin Powell

For Black History Month, News 12 The Bronx is highlighting some of the borough's most prominent African-Americans.



Gen. Colin Powell, the country's first black secretary of state, was born in Harlem but grew up in the Bronx. 



Powell, the son of Jamaican immigrants, attended Morris High School and then City College of New York. 



He went on to serve two tours in Vietnam as part of an illustrious, 35-year career in the Army.



He served as the country's 65th secretary of state under President George W. Bush from 2001 to 2005. 



According to his biography, he pushed the Bush administration to step up efforts in the fight against AIDS.


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