Alma Powell

Alma Powell
Personal details
Alma Vivian Johnson

(1937-10-27) October 27, 1937 (age 83)
Birmingham, Alabama, U.S.
(m. 1962; died 2021)
Children3; including Michael and Linda
EducationFisk University (BA)
Emerson College (MS)

Alma Vivian Powell (née Johnson; born October 27, 1937) is an American audiologist and the widow of military and political figure Colin Powell,[1] whom she married on August 25, 1962.[2]


She graduated from Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee, and went on to study speech pathology and audiology at Emerson College in Boston.

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 high schools in Birmingham; Condoleezza Rice's father worked in her uncle's school as a guidance counselor.

Alma Powell is the chair of America's Promise, the nation's largest partnership dedicated to improving the lives of children and youth. She has also authored two children's books, America's Promise and My Little Red Wagon.[4][5] In 2011 she 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. March 11, 1996. Retrieved October 2, 2013.
  2. ^ Roberts, Roxanne (March 8, 2013). "Alma Powell celebrated at ladies' lunch for 50th wedding anniversary, 75th birthday". Washington Post. Retrieved October 2, 2013.
  3. ^ Faye Fiore, Maria L. La Ganga (November 9, 1995). "The Powell Annoucement". LA Times. Retrieved October 2, 2013.
  4. ^ DaFonte, Jessica (March 17, 2003). "Grownup Girl Scout". St. Petersburg Times. Retrieved October 2, 2013.
  5. ^ "Children's Review: 'America's Promise'". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved October 2, 2013.
  6. ^ Mack, Julie. "Kalamazoo first-graders are foot soldiers in drive to create fully literate community". MLive. Retrieved October 2, 2013.
  7. ^ "Gen. Colin Powell and Alma Powell Named National Education Policy Leaders of the Year". NASBE. Retrieved October 2, 2013.

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