An Evening With Colin Powell PBS-TV Show

Saturday 4/29/2006

Jack Morton Auditorium George Washington University

Washington, D.C.

This hour-long, one-on-one interview program provides a rare insightful glimpse into the life and career of General Colin Powell. Taped live on April 29, 2006 at George Washington University, General Colin Powell was interviewed by political commentator and author, Juan Williams.


An Evening With Colin Powell marks the tenth in the series of PBS-TV interviews produced by The HistoryMakers. Powell’s son, Michael Powell, begins the program by welcoming all those in attendance. The opening procession is conducted by Howard University’s AFROTC DET 30 in honor of Powell’s military service.


General Powell begins the interview speaking about his childhood and his family’s Caribbean heritage. He shares stories of his career as a soldier and his appointment as the first African American United States Secretary of State. He goes on to explain the history and contributions of African Americans in the military and their involvement in every war in the history of the United States.


Historic footage is used to showcase key moments in Powell’s life, including his induction into the Leavenworth Hall of Fame and speeches in support of the troops throughout his time as U.S. Secretary of State.


As the interview comes to a close, Powell reflects on his life and shares his hopes for the future.


The HistoryMakers staff has created a finding aid for this event. View/Download below:  

Finding Aid To An Evening With Colin Powell.pdf

General Colin L. Powell
General Colin L. Powell, USA (Ret) became the 65th Secretary of State on January 20, 2001. While Secretary, Powell led the State Department in major efforts to solve regional and civil conflicts in the Middle East, between Israel and its Arab neighbors, in Sudan, The Congo and Liberia, in the Balkans, Cyprus, Haiti, Northern Ireland and elsewhere. Before becoming Secretary of State, Colin Powell served as a key aide to the Secretary of Defense and as National Security Advisor to President Reagan. He also served thiry-five years in the United States Army, rising to the rank of Four-Star General and serving as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (1989—1993). During this time, he oversaw twenty-eight crises to include the Panama intervention of 1989 and Operation Desert Storm in the 1991 Persian Gulf War. General Powell is the recipient of numerous U.S. military awards and decorations including the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Army Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Soldier’s Medal, Bronze Star Medal, and the Purple Heart. General Powell’s civilian awards include two Presidential Medals of Freedom, the President’s Citizens Medal, the Congressional Gold Medal and the Secretary of Energy Distinguished Service Medal. His many international awards include a French Legion of Honor and an honorary knighthood bestowed by H.M. Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain. General Colin Powell and his wife, Alma Johnson Powell have three children, Michael, Linda and Annemarie, and three grandchildren.

Juan Williams
Juan Williams, one of America’s leading political commentators and writers, is a Political Analyst for the Fox News Channel. Williams is the author of the critically acclaimed biography: Thurgood Marshall—American Revolutionary, as well the nonfiction bestseller, Eyes on the Prize: America’s Civil Rights Years, 1954-1965, companion volume to the highly acclaimed television series. Williams is also author of This Far by Faith—Stories from the African American Religious Experience, My Soul Looks Back in Wonder—Voices of the Civil Rights Experience, and most recently, I’ll Find a Way or Make One, a tribute to historically black colleges and universities. Williams spent 18 months as host of NPR’s afternoon talk show, Talk of the Nation. He has won several awards for investigative journalism and his opinion columns, as well as an Emmy Award for TV documentary writing. 


Executive Producer

Julieanna L. Richardson



Eli Eisenberg


 Assistant Producers

Jocelyn Delk

Jessie Engle

Honorary Chair

Lonnie Bunch



Event Chair

David Nelms



Event Co-Chairs

Lovida & William Coleman

Debbie & John Dingell

Ann & Vernon Jordan

Ellen & Len Kennedy

Marlene & Fred Malek

Jane & Michael Powell

Wendy & Frank Raines


Benefit Committee

Hillary & Tom Baltimore

Ivey & Eric Broyles

Antoinette Cook Bush & Dwight Bush

Sharon Malone & Eric Holder

Singleton McAllister & Emmit McHenry

Stephanie Phillipps & George Murray

Carolyn Peachey

Julieanna L. Richardson

Royal Kennedy-Rodgers & Jonathan Rodgers 

Riley Temple

Genelle Trader

Mrs. Alexander Trowbridge

Sheila & Raymond Whiteman