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 (1937-2021) American military leader, politician, diplomat
News conference, Alexandria, VA (8 Nov 1995)

While announcing his decision not to seek the presidential nomination.

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