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National Archives scans reveal rare images of a Black team at the then-segregated military academy.
Richard Schneider had just scanned the old negative of a West Point football team into his computer. It was a classic black-and-white shot from the 1920s — linemen posed in formation, the center about to snap the ball.
It was one of thousands of fragile West Point nitrate images he had retrieved from a refrigerated vault at the National Archives’ site in College Park, Md. He opened a program to flip the negative to positive and clicked invert.
To his surprise, the image that popped up showed a team of all African American players. But the U.S. Military Academy did not have its first varsity Black football player until 1966, 40 years later.
“Who are these guys?” he said he wondered.
Schneider had opened a fascinating window into West Point’s past — a time when, amid entrenched racial segregation, units of the famous African American troops known as Buffalo Soldiers were brought to West Point to teach horsemanship.
On February 12, the Class Ring Memorial Program will hold the annual “Ring Melt” event virtually at West Point. A live stream will be broadcast from Eisenhower Hall on West Point’s YouTube channel. The link for the live stream will be released on our social media platforms before the event. This year the Class of 2022 will receive the legacy gold of 52 West Point class rings that were donated to WPAOG in 2020. Tune in to witness this historic tradition.
More than 70 cadets at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point were accused of cheating on a math exam, the worst academic scandal since the 1970s at the Army’s premier training ground for officers.
Fifty-eight cadets admitted cheating on the exam, which was administered remotely because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Most of them have been enrolled in a rehabilitation program and will be on probation for the remainder of their time at the academy. Others resigned, and some face hearings that could result in their expulsion.
The scandal strikes at the heart of the academy’s reputation for rectitude, espoused by its own moral code, which is literally etched in stone:
“A cadet will not lie, cheat, steal, or tolerate those who do.”
Tim Bakken, a law professor at West Point, called the scandal a national security issue. West Point cadets become senior leaders the nation depends on.
Army vs. Navy Game score: Black Knights shut out Midshipmen in the fog for fourth win in last five meetings
Army West Point beat Navy 15-0 on Saturday in the 121st Army-Navy Game, picking up its fourth win in the last five meetings between the teams. It was a 3-0 game after the first three quarters, but Army broke through with a touchdown and safety in the fourth quarter to put it away.
Army quarterback Tyhier Tyler was the star on offense for the Black Knights as he rushed for 96 yards and a touchdown on 26 attempts. He also completed his lone pass attempt in the game, a 28-yard pick up on a wheel route in the second quarter that set up Army’s first field goal. It was a game dominated by the two defenses as Army finished the day with 162 yards of offense while holding Navy to 117.