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This hour-long, one-on-one interview program provided 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, began the program by welcoming all those in attendance. The opening procession was conducted by Howard University’s AFROTC DET 30 in honor of Powell’s military service.

General Powell began the interview speaking about his childhood and his family’s Caribbean heritage. He shared stories of his career as a soldier and his appointment as the first African American United States Secretary of State. He went 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 was 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. At the conclusion of the interview, Powell reflected on his life and shared his hopes for the future.


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  • The Darden Foundation
  • Joseph Robert
  • Beatrice & Anthony Welters
  • Herb & Sheran Wilkins


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  • Cheryl & George Haywood
  • Jim Beam
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  • Emmit McHenry
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  • Sharon Malone & Eric Holder
  • Wendy & Frank Raines
  • Vicki & Roger Sant
  • Mrs. Alexander Trowbridge
  • United Rentals
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  • Sheila & Raymond Whiteman
  • Winston & Strawn

Additional Contributors

  • Clarence Avant
  • General Clara Adams-Ender
  • Katherine Bradley
  • Cora & Allen R. Brown
  • Ivey & Eric Broyles
  • Janet Langhart Cohen & William Cohen
  • Lovida & William Coleman
  • Cooper Taylor Foundation (Edith Taylor)
  • Sherry Davis
  • Joseph Fischer
  • Ernest Green
  • Goldman Sachs
  • Gwen Ifill
  • Ann & Vernon Jordan
  • John "Jake" Oliver
  • Stephanie Phillips & George Murray
  • The Potomac Chapter of The Links
  • Greg Pratt
  • Keith Ridley
  • Miles & Nancy Rubin
  • William Tucker
  • Viacom
  • Sheryle Wilkerson
  • Roger Wilkins

Executive Producer

  • Julieanna Richardson


Assistant Producers

  • Jocelyn Delk
  • Jessie Engle


  • Eli Eisenberg

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 Richardson
  • Royal Kennedy-Rodgers & Jonathan Rodgers
  • Riley Temple
  • Genelle Trader
  • Mrs. Alexander Trowbridge
  • Sheila & Raymond Whiteman

Date and Time

Saturday, April 29, 2006


The George Washington University
805 21st Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20052
United States