Joint Center Posthumously Presents Secretary of State Colin Powell with the Louis E. Martin Great American Award

Joint Center Posthumously Presents Secretary of State Colin Powell with the Louis E. Martin Great American Award

(Black PR Wire) WASHINGTON —  The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies’ Board of Governors posthumously honored Secretary of State Colin Powell with its highest honor — the 2022 Louis E. Martin Great American Award.

The Louis E. Martin Great American Award recognizes individuals who have made transformational contributions that furthered the promise of America as a land of hope and opportunity for all. The award, first given in 2003, is named in the memory of Louis E. Martin (1912-1997), a principal founder of the Joint Center and the first chair of its board. President Spencer Overton presented Secretary Powell’s son, Michael Powell, with the award.

“I am honored to posthumously present this award to Secretary Powell in recognition of his trailblazing leadership in advancing equity and his service to our nation. The morals and qualities Secretary Powell embodied — included but not limited to a commitment to collaboration, excellence, fairness, bipartisanship, and leadership — seem particularly important to recognize and hold up in this moment.” Overton said. “Secretary Powell was a friend of the Joint Center. He ensured that opportunities would remain open to others —  as evidenced by his support of programs designed to promote economic mobility and the full participation of Americans from all backgrounds. His memory will live on as a demonstration to the importance of building bridges across party lines for Black communities. Secretary Powell was a truly inspirational American who embodied the spirit of Louis E. Martin and the other remarkable individuals who have received the award in the past.”

“I am honored to accept this award on behalf of our family,” said Powell. “Like Louis Martin, for whom this award is named, my father was a mentor, friend, and confidant to so many and his legacy of kindness, compassion, and service to this country will live on. We are grateful to the Joint Center for this recognition.”

Past recipients of the award include La June Montgomery Tabron, Cedric Richmond, Stacey Abrams, then-Senator Kamala Harris, Presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter, Senator Cory Booker, Ambassador Susan Rice, Congressmen John Lewis and James Clyburn, Dorothy Height, and Muhammad Ali. See the full list of recipients here.


About Louis E. Martin

Martin was a 1934 graduate of the University of Michigan, a Chicago Defender journalist, the founding editor and publisher of the Michigan Chronicle, and a founder of the National Newspaper Publishers Association.  In serving as an advisor to three presidents, Martin was instrumental in the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Voting Rights Act of 1965, and the nomination of Thurgood Marshall to the U.S. Supreme Court in 1967. Martin was one of the founders of the Joint Center in 1970, and served as its board chair from 1970-1979.  Among friends and colleagues, Martin was known for expressing his warmest respects with his favorite compliment: “You are a great American.”

About the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies

The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, America’s Black think tank, provides compelling and actionable policy solutions to eradicate persistent and evolving barriers to the full freedom of Black people in America. We are the trusted forum for leading experts and scholars to participate in major public policy debates and promote ideas that advance Black communities. We use evidence-based research, analysis, convenings, and strategic communications to support Black communities and a network of allies.

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