The oral history consists of 2016.129.15.1a and 2016.129.15.2a: two versions (unedited, and edited) of a single digital video recording.
General Colin Powell was interviewed as part of the NMAAHC Donor Oral History Collection. General Powell donated several items including a uniform that is on display to the National Museum of African American History and Culture.
In this interview conducted by National Museum of African American History and Culture Director Lonnie Bunch, General Colin Powell discusses his early life as the son of Jamaican immigrants and the journey to a long and distinguished military career that culminated in being appointed the first African American Secretary of State under President George W. Bush.
Unedited File: Unedited digital file of oral history interview. This file is necessary in case we need to refer to the original recording for any reason and/or want to use a portion of the file that has been edited out.
Edited File: Videographer has minimized or eliminated interruptions, false starts and any unnecessary sounds. An agreed upon slate has also been added with title, date, and logo. Separate files of the same interview have been concatenated. This is the copy that will be made available to the public and/or researchers and uploaded to the website.