Press Release

The Collective Remembers Former U.S. Secretary of State, Colin Powell

Monday, October 18th, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. Today, The Collective, the nation’s largest group of affiliated organizations dedicated to increasing Black political engagement, representation and power across all levels of government  —  honors the Honorable Colin Powell. Founders of The Collective, Quentin James and Stefanie Brown James, released the following statement: 

“The Collective is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of the former history maker and U.S. Secretary of State, the Honorable Colin Powell. Born in New York City in 1937, Secretary Powell dedicated his life to serving his country as a distinguished soldier and groundbreaking leader in the military. Throughout his storied career, Secretary Powell always strived for excellence: becoming the nation’s first Black national security advisor, the youngest and first Black chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the first Black U.S. Secretary of State. His dedicated leadership helped shape American forgien policy in the late 1990s and early 2000s and blazed a trail for generations to follow. The Collective is grateful for Colin Powell’s steadfast stewardship, exemplary commitment to truth and service, and unyielding faith that through hard work, our country could become its best version possible for all people.”



The Collective is a group of affiliated organizations working to create an America where Black people are equally represented at every level of government. Through our affiliated organizations — The Collective PAC, The Collective Super PAC, The Southern Strategy, Collective Future and The Collective Education Fund — we are strategically focused on creating a truly equitable democracy where our nation’s local, state and federal governments have diverse and talented elected leadership and Black people are fully represented in positions of power to create the policies necessary to progress our communities forward.