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UNITED STATES | As a patriot and Black man, Colin Powell embodied the ‘two-ness’ of the African American experience

Colin Powell knew where he fit in American history. The former secretary of state – who died on Oct. 18, 2021, at 84 as a result of COVID-19 complications – was a pioneer: the first Black national security advisor in U.S. history, the first Black chairman of the joint chiefs of staff and also the first Black man to become secretary of state.

UNITED STATES | As a patriot and Black man, Colin Powell embodied the ‘two-ness’ of the African American experience

UNITED STATES | Black troops were welcome in Britain, but Jim Crow wasn’t: the race riot of one night in June 1943

Bullet holes found in the wood surrounds of the NatWest Bank in Bamber Bridge, in Lancashire in the north of England, in the late 1980s led to the rediscovery of an event that saw some of the few shots fired in anger in England during World War II, which had been largely forgotten. These were not shots fired by invading troops, but by American GIs against their own military police.

UNITED STATES | Black troops were welcome in Britain, but Jim Crow wasn’t: the race riot of one night in June 1943
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