Black women are set to make military history on Saturday, as the West Point military academy graduates its class of with its highest-ever number of female African American cadets. All will receive a Bachelor of Science degree and commissions as 2 nd l ieutenants in the U. This racial and gender milestone comes just one year after Lt. Darryl A. Williams broke barriers as the first black officer to be superintendent and command the academy, founded in The first woman to graduate from the academy, Andrea Hollen, was in the class of , and in that same class was Vincent Brooks, the first black cadet to serve as first captain.
West Point graduates largest class of black women
Historic number of African American women set to graduate from West Point - ABC News
West Point remains mostly white and mostly male. The 34 women comprise a thin slice of the roughly 1, cadets in the Class of And yes, you can be different from the rest of the group. Riley was among the black female cadets who recently posed for pre-graduation photos in their gray uniforms, holding out ceremonial sabers.
Historic number of African American women set to graduate from West Point
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A group of black female cadets at the United States Military Academy proudly posed for photos together ahead of their May 25 graduation, to mark being part of the largest class of black women to graduate from the year-old institution. Thirty-two black women are set to graduate from the school, more commonly known as West Point, in the class of , the Philadelphia Tribune reported. The momentous occasion comes more than years after the end of slavery, and nearly 99 years after women won the right to vote. West Point was founded in but didn't admit its first black cadet until