In one generation we have moved from denying a black man service at a lunch counter to elevating one to the highest military office in the nation, and to being a serious contender for the presidency. This is a magnificent country and I am proud to be one of its sons.

Colin Powell (b. 1937) American military leader, Secretary of State
News conference, Alexandria, VA (8 Nov 1995)

While announcing his decision not to seek the presidential nomination.
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