MY AMERICAN JOURNEY: Colin Powell

RISING FROM HARLEM TO THE HIGHEST COUNCILS OF POWER, COLIN POWELL LOOKS TO HIS--AND THE COUNTRY'S--FUTURE

LIFE ON BANANA KELLY

I was born on April 5, 1937, at a time when my family was living on Morningside Avenue in Harlem. The dominant figure of my youth was a small man, 5 ft. 2 in. tall. In my mind's eye, I am leaning out the window of our apartment, and I spot him coming down the street from the subway station. He wears a coat and tie, and a small fedora is perched on his head. He has a newspaper tucked under his arm. His overcoat is unbuttoned, and it flaps at his sides as he approaches with...

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