Black Women At The United States Military Academy Will Make History At Graduation This Year
This year, a groundbreaking class of 32 Black women will graduate from the United States Military Academy at West Point.
Where Black people are allowed to thrive, history will be created. Nowhere is the previous statement more true than the United States Military Academy at West Point.
According to TIME, Simone Askew made history at the academy during the 2016-2017 academic year. The future graduate and Rhodes scholar made history as the first Black woman to be named First Captain in the history of the United States Military Academy at West Point. During the following year, more history was made. As reported by CNN, Lt. Gen. Darryl A. Williams made history as West Point's first Black superintendent.
Continuing the trend, another group of Black women are making history at West Point. As reported by Because Of Them We Can, 32 women will graduate from United States Military Academy at West Point. With nearly three dozen cadets in this year's class, this will make the largest graduating class of Black women in the academy's history.
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To commemorate the moment, the entire group came together for an on-campus photo shoot. Dripping with confidence and style, this year's class donned their uniforms while showcasing their swords.
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32 Beautiful Black Women will be joining the long gray line very soon. The Class of 2019 has the most black women in its class to every graduate from West Point at one time. This photo warms my heart #BlackGirlMagic 📸: Hallie Pound #WestPoint #USMA #blackgirlmagic #blackgirlsrock @goarmy @westpoint_usma
Cadet Tiffany Welch-Baker told Because Of Them We Can, "My hope when young Black girls see these photos is that they understand that regardless of what life presents you, you have the ability and fortitude to be a force to be reckoned with."
Baker added, "In just a short while I met so many cadets that looked like me, and that offered me some comfort. I have been fortunate to have my sisters in arms, we have been fortunate to have each other."
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