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Colin Powell on Significance of New Museum of African American History: ‘It’s American History’

On the Sept. 12 edition of “CBS This Morning,” former Secretary of State Gen. Colin Powell discusses the importance of Black history.

Powell was the first Black Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the first Black Secretary of State.

His momentous achievements will be commemorated in Washington D.C.’s National Museum of African-American History and Culture with his old Army uniform on display.

In addition to being donors, Powell and his wife serve on the museum council.

He tells hosts that the museum means a lot to Americans.

“It’s American history,” Powell starts. ” … It is filling a gap that existed in American history for so many years. This [museum] has been in concept for 100 years. And now it’s here and it’s beautiful… I think the American people are going to love coming to this place.”

In addition to praising the museum, Powell says that race relations in the country are improving but the “struggle is not over.”

“… Remember what the founding fathers said: We’re always striving ‘to be a more perfect union.’ The problems that face us now are more than the color of your skin. It’s economic opportunity, education opportunity, housing opportunity …”

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