Alma Powell

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Alma Vivian Powell (née Johnson) (born October 27, 1937 in Birmingham, Alabama) is an African American audiologist and the wife of military and political figure Colin Powell,[1] whom she married on August 25, 1962.[2] She is a graduate of Fisk University.

She is the mother of former chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Michael Powell.[3] She also has two daughters, Linda Powell, an actress, and Annemarie. Her father and uncle were principals of two of the black high schools in Birmingham; Condoleezza Rice's father worked in her uncle's school as a guidance counselor.

Alma Powell is the co-chair of America's Promise, an alliance of national organizations dedicated to teaching today's youth. She has also authored two children's books, America's Promise and My Little Red Wagon.[4][5] A branch of the Kalamazoo Public Library system has been named after her and in 2011 was named the NASBE's National Education Policy Leader of the Year along with her husband.[6][7]


  1. ^ "Alma Powell Says She Worried For Husband's Safety". CNN. 1996-03-11. Retrieved 2 October 2013. 
  2. ^ Roberts, Roxanne (2013-03-08). "Alma Powell celebrated at ladies’ lunch for 50th wedding anniversary, 75th birthday". Washington Post. Retrieved 2 October 2013. 
  3. ^ FAYE FIORE, MARIA L. La GANGA (November 9, 1995). "THE POWELL ANNOUNCEMENT". LA Times. Retrieved 2 October 2013. 
  4. ^ DaFonte, Jessica (March 17, 2003). "Grownup Girl Scout". St. Petersburg Times. Retrieved 2 October 2013. 
  5. ^ "Children's Review: AMERICA'S PROMISE". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 2 October 2013. 
  6. ^ Mack, Julie. "Kalamazoo first-graders are foot soldiers in drive to create fully literate community". MLive. Retrieved 2 October 2013. 
  7. ^ "Gen. Colin Powell and Alma Powell Named National Education Policy Leaders of the Year". NASBE. Retrieved 2 October 2013. 

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