Colin Powell's inner-city childhood gave no clues that he would grow up to be the top-ranking U.S. military officer. In school he horsed around and his grades showed it. He spent aimless hours on the streets and at the movies with his pals. Nevertheless, Powell learned from his West Indian immigrant parents that hard work and education were the keys to success. Powell's life has been a testament to the American Dream, championing the ideals of democracy for all, regardless of class or color.