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The prestigious grounds of the United States Military Academy at West Point, better known simply as West Point, recently honored one of its most accomplished, if controversial, graduates by naming a cadet barracks after him.
Benjamin O. Davis Jr. was the school’s first Black cadet in the 20th Century, and though he faced a variety of hardships at the school, he eventually became the first Black general of the United States Air Force.
Davis, born December 18, 1912, followed in the trailblazing tradition of his father, the first Black general in the U.S. Army. A Washington, D.C. native, Davis fell in love of the skies as a teenager and never lost his passion for flying. In 1932, after he attended the University of Chicago, Davis entered West Point via a recommendation by Chicago Congressman Oscar DePriest, who at the time was the lone Black person…
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