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By Minyvonne Burke and Associated Press
A record number of African American women joined the West Point Military Academy in New York.
Among the more than 200 female cadets in the 2019 exam class, 34 were black women, the largest number of African American female graduates in the history of the Academy.
US Military Academy spokesman Francis DeMaro said last year's class had 27 African-American female candidates.
"My hope, when young black girls see these pictures is that they understand it, whatever life presents you, you have the ability and strength to be a force to be reckoned with. "said cadet Tiffany Welch-Baker to the expiration. Because of them we can earlier this month.
A total of 110 African American candidates were twice as many years ago in 2013.
Vice President Mike Pence spoke at Saturday's ceremony and called the more than 980 candidates "the best of the best."  Pence also told the class that when they accept the "leadership", their commander, President Donald Trump, "will always have your back."
The candidates become the US Army second lieutena nts.