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2018 Black History Month Edition

Readers, Please enjoy the Black History Edition of our Envision Equity newsletter. This edition celebrates and recognizes black woman that have shaped and molded our world into a better place. As a reader, you will have access to photos from events that embody the purpose of this newsletter. We hope you enjoy, share, and contribute to the newsletter. Lastly, remember to Envision Equity.

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Diversity, Equity, and Poverty Programs Celebrates Black History Simone Askew 1997- Simone Askew is the first African-American woman to hold the position of First Captain of the U.S. Military Academy's Corps of Cadets, Askew is responsible for overseeing the performance of approximately 4,400 students. As a 6-year-old child camping in the Virginia woods, Simone Askew marched for fun, wielding a plastic gun and leading her young sister and friends in formation. A few years later, the sight of Navy midshipmen striding across an Annapolis football field solidified her desire to be the person who led troops. The first captain position is often a herald of successful Army careers. Cadet Vincent K. Brooks held the title in 1980, becoming the first African-American to serve as West Point first captain — and he now is a four-star general commanding American forces in South Korea. Cadet John W. Nicholson Jr. was first captain in 1982, and he also wears four stars today as the senior American and NATO commander in Afghanistan. The significance of Cadet Askew’s achievement has resonated with many black women who have graduated from West Point; most attended the school when a white male held the prestigious and competitive role. 22

Diversity, Equity, and Poverty Programs Celebrates Black History Ava DuVernay 1972- Ava Marie DuVernay is an American film director, producer, screenwriter, film marketer, and film distributor. At the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, DuVernay won the Best Director Prize for her second feature film Middle of Nowhere, becoming the first African-American woman to win the award. For her work in Selma(2014), DuVernay was the first black female director to be nominated for a Golden Globe Award. With Selma, she was also the first black female director to have her film nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture. In 2017, she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature for her film 13th (2016). DuVernay's next film, A Wrinkle in Time, reportedly has a budget exceeding $100 million, making DuVernay the first black woman to direct a liveaction film with a budget of that size. 23