General Colin L. Powell, former Secretary of State made an appearance at The City College of New York on Thursday, May 2nd. The purpose of the visit was the Inaugural Celebration of the recently announced Colin L. Powell school for Civic and Global Leadership. The newly minted school will house five departments under the social sciences: Anthropology, Economics, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology. Programs such as Black Studies, International Relations, Latin American and Latino Studies, and Women’s Studies will also fall under the Powell School umbrella. According to the press release for the event, the campaign for the School has raised nearly $44 Million -surpassing the original fundraising goal of $30 million. It will be a needed bolster to all students under the social sciences.
Powell, a 1958 graduate of CCNY has gone on to a career of achievement, making a great impact in public service and politics. As many will recall, Powell was a key endorsement for President Obama- twice. The list of his accomplishments are long, and too immense to restate here in full. In his address to the crowd in the Great Hall, Powell attributed his successes in life to two factors- family, and public education. While being a decorated and lauded person, Powell was very modest in his remarks. Powell maintains “it’s all about the kids” – a statement in reference to the next generation who will be our next leaders. Indeed, it is a true and noble assertion.