Simone Askew West Points First African American Woman To Be Named First Captain

Simone Askew, West Point’s first African American woman to be named First Captain, leading the Corps of Cadets at the 118th Army-Navy college football game.

This makes Askew also the first African American woman to lead the traditional march-on ceremony.

The historic moment happened on Saturday when Askew led about 4,400-member Corps of Cadets onto the Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia before the 118th Army-Navy game started.

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What a beautiful sight! Simone Askew, West Point's first African American woman to be named First Captain, leading the Corps of Cadets at the 118th Army-Navy college football game. This makes Askew also the first African American woman to lead the traditional march-on ceremony. The historic moment happened on Saturday when Askew led about 4,400-member Corps of Cadets onto the Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia before the 118th Army-Navy game started. Then another happened at the end of the game when the Army beat the Navy in a 14-13 victory, marking its first time winning the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy since 1996. When Askew, who is a 2018 Rhodes Scholar, graduates from West Point next year, she will continue her education at Oxford University and then after pursue her dreams of becoming an Army Engineer. *Swipe left to see more photos from the game. #blackgirlmagic #becauseofthemwecan

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