Black women are made to make military history on Saturday, as the West Point military academy graduates its class of 2019 with its highest-ever number of female African American cadets.
There are 34 black women cadets graduating from the academy Saturday, May 25 – a record high number, the school confirmed to HuffPost. All will receive a Bachelor of Science and Commissioner 2 ieutenants in the U.S. army.
"When you see black girls see these photos, you know that whatever you are looking for, you have the ability and the strength to be reckoned with," said Tiffany Welch-Baker. 19659003] Because of Them We Can earlier this month.
There were about 1,270 cadets in the 2019 graduating class, of which 280 were women – around 22%, per the school. There were 189 black students in the class, around 15%.
This racial and gender milestone comes just one year after Lt. Gen. Darryl A. Williams broke the barriers as the first black officer to become superintendent and command the academy, founded in 1802 . It has been less than two years since Simone asked history as the first black woman to be named first captain of the corps of the cadets, the highest student position at the academy.
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The first woman to graduate from the academy, Andrea Hollen, was in the class of 1980, and in that same class was Vincent Brooks, the first black cadet to serve as first captain.
Once cadets graduate from the academy, located in New York, they serve on active duty in the military for at least five years.
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