No African-American cadet had graduated from the institution - which was found in 1802 - untill 1877.
When we talk about black women leading the charge to change, people will surely remember this group of women - who are poised to make history, while promising a powerful future for the defenses of the United States.
The Philadelphia Tribune reports that a historic number of black women will be graduating from The United States Military Academy at West Point this year. 32 African-American women are set to graduate later this month - making them the largest group to ever graduate from the institution in its 216-year history.
People online have been celebrating this show of power - where the group participated in the traditional Old Corps photoshoot to memorialize their presence for years to come.
“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," Tiffany Welch-Baker, one of the cadets set to graduate, told Because of Them We Can - a publication that highlights empowering stories about African-American community.
Unless I’m mistaken, the class of 2019 has the honor of graduating the single largest class of black women ever in West Point’s history. So much talent in this group! The future of our Army is in good hands. pic.twitter.com/g4EBYKihku— Jessica Scott (@JessicaScott09) May 7, 2019
“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,” Welch-Baker continued.
West Point will Graduate 32 Black Women in their 2019 Class – Largest Group Ever - Charleston Daily - https://t.co/8NQSLLwGjB #WestPoint #Graduation #USMilitary @WestPoint_USMA pic.twitter.com/CUwYX521xz— Charleston Daily (@ChuckTownDaily) May 11, 2019
Two years ago, Simone Askew made history as the first African-American woman appointed First Captain at the United States Military Academy at West Point.
The graduation news also follows West Point’s first Black superintendent appointment. Lt. Gen. Darryl A. Williams, who assumed the position last July.