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Lapel pin for America's Promise worn by General Colin L. Powell

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Created by:
America's Promise Alliance, American, founded 1997  Search this
Worn by:
General Colin L. Powell, American, 1937 - 2021  Search this
enamel on metal
H x W x D: 1 3/8 × 9/16 × 11/16 in. (3.5 × 1.5 × 1.7 cm)
buttons (information artifacts)
Place used:
Washington, District of Columbia, United States, North and Central America
America's Promise Alliance is a non-profit organization dedicated to uplifting at-risk youth via a cross-sector association of community organizations, businesses, and government organizations. Originating during the Presidential Summit of 1997, General Colin L. Powell led the initial three-year campaign before converting the effort to a nonprofit and serving as its founding chairman. The organization is founded on the premise that there are five ingredients key to children’s development: responsible, caring adults in their lives; safe places to learn and grow; healthy starts in life; a marketable skill; and an opportunity to serve their community. The red wagon seen here is symbolic of America's Promise, with General Powell saying, “The little red wagon. A symbol of childhood. It could be filled with a child's hopes and dreams or weighed down with their burdens. Millions of American Children need our help to pull that wagon along. Let's all pull together.”
An America's Promise lapel pin worn by General Colin L. Powell. This small metal pin is in the shape of a child’s red toy wagon, the emblem of the youth-focused organization, America’s Promise Alliance. The pin features red enamel or paint over the wagon bed, white and black painted wheels, a lowered handle, and one silver metal backing on the reverse.
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U.S. History, 1969-2001  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Alma J. Powell
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Restrictions & Rights:
© America's Promise Alliance
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National Museum of African American History and Culture