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Sat, 12.16.2000

The first Black Secretary of State appointed

Colin Powell

On this date in 2000, Colin Powell was appointed as United States Secretary of State. Accepting President-elect George W. Bush's nomination to be the America's 65th Secretary of State, Powell became the first Black to hold that position.

Powell, as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, had presided over Operation Desert Storm during the Persian Gulf War in 1991. He said, "If you want to be successful in the 21st century, you must find your path to democracy, market economics and a system which frees the talents of men and women to pursue their individual destinies."

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