A Black woman will lead 4,400 of her peers at the U.S. Naval Academy this year, for the first time in the academy's 175 year history. Midshipman 1st Class Sydney Barber of Lake Forest, Illinois, will hold the highest leadership position among her fellow midshipmen.
She says earning the title of brigade commander speaks volumes, but the title itself is not nearly as significant as the opportunity it brings to lead a team doing something she believes will be truly special. She said, "I am humbled to play a small role in this momentous season of American history."
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