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The wife of former Secretary of State Colin Powell was honored by the Lincoln Center Education for her work as an advocate for education on Tuesday.
Alma Powell led the America’s Promise Alliance, an education advocate that works with more than 350 organizations. The APA guides and coordinates efforts to help young people connect with vital resources that improve their chance of educational success.
Powell also worked on the GradNation Campaign, according to The Grio. GradNation was an initiative aiming to raise the high school graduation rate in the U.S. to 90 percent by the year 2020. The Lincoln Center Education targets high school graduation rates as a vital step in national educational progress.
The Lincoln Center Education is a division of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. It honors one person in the education field each year, chosen by the board of directors for having made a significant impact on education that year. Past winners include Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and his wife Columbia in 2012, and former New York City Schools Chancellor Joel. I. Klein in 2011.
This year’s LCE Annual Gala was chaired by former Congressman Harold Ford, Jr. and his wife, Emily. Celebrities in attendance included Saturday Night Live actress Rachel Dratch, Ronald and Jo Carole Lauder and Broadway actress Kerry Butler were among the celebrities in attendance, The Grio reported.
Powell’s husband, Colin Powell served President George W. Bush as his first Secretary of State. Prior to that that he had a distinguished military career that included serving as the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from 1989-1993. He was the first African-American to hold both positions.
Powell was once considered a leading candidate to run for president in 1996 but chose not to run largely out of concern for the strain it would cause his family and his wife Alma.
Powell was in combat during the Vietnam War. He and Alma married in 1962. The couple has three children. Alma Powell is the author of two children’s books, America’s Promise and My Little Red Wagon.
Andrew Scot Bolsinger won more than two dozen press awards during his journalism career. He is a freelance writer, author and operates www.criminalu.co, which is focused on prison reform. He can reached at Andrew.Bolsinger@gmail.com