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CONFLICT IN BIRMINGHAM While Powell was braving the dangers of Vietnam, his wife was in the middle of a different kind of battle. Her hometown of Birmingham had a well-deserved reputation as being the most segregated city in the South. , and other black leaders decided to make Birmingham a focal point of the civil rights movement. “We knew that as 31 32 COLIN POWELL American troops struggle through the high grasses of Vietnam. Colin Powell was assigned to Vietnam at the end of 1962, shortly after marrying his wife, Alma.

In 1916, he headed a squadron of the 10th Cavalry and helped General John (“Black Jack”) Pershing pursue the Mexican revolutionary Pancho Villa. Young’s heroics during this campaign earned him the rank of lieutenant colonel. COLIN POWELL 24 But even Young was a victim of discrimination. By the start of World War I, he seemed poised to become the nation’s first black general. In 1917, however, army physicians blocked his promotion by declaring the 53-year-old officer physically unfit for active duty.

Federal officials instituted one other significant measure: They stationed all four regiments out west to remove them from public view. The Native Americans in the western territories likened the short, curly hair and the stamina of these men to the plains buffalos and christened them the Buffalo Soldiers. The Buffalo Soldiers soon showed that they were excellent fighters, yet the army still treated them like outcasts. During the Spanish–American War in 1898, the 9th and 10th Cavalry regiments were sent to Cuba but had to fight on foot because they were not supplied with horses.

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