Naval Academy midshipman reaches a milestone for Black women
December 6, 2020
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Midshipman Sydney Barber had her doubts about applying for the top student leadership position at the U.S. Naval Academy. A Black woman had never held the post in the 44 years women have been able to attend the 175-year-old institution.
A Black academy alumna of another generation saw her potential. Navy Capt. Tasya Lacy, class of 1997, pressed Barber to apply. Next semester, Barber will become the first Black woman to be the academy's brigade commander.
The brigade commander represents about 4,400 midshipmen — future Navy and Marine Corps officers — before the...