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    Separated by Decades, Black Mother, Daughter Become First Duo to Graduate from US Naval Academy

    Separated by Decades, Black Mother, Daughter Become First Duo to Graduate from US Naval Academy

    Timika Lindsay and Elise Lindsay recently made history when they became the first Black mother-daughter duo to graduate from the U.S. Naval Academy in its 177-year history.

    Timika, a retired Navy captain, and her daughter, Elise, who graduated on May 26, knew this moment was coming long before it happened.

    But, for Timika, who graduated from the academy in 1992, watching her daughter walk across the stage, diploma in hand, made the moment “sweeter.” It was a reminder of her family's long history of service to the country, dating back to World War II.

    Timika's father served in the Marine Corps and the Navy; her grandfathers served in the ; and her nephew currently serves in the Navy and . Her children's father, who passed away suddenly a few years ago, was a lieutenant colonel in the Marine Corps. And his uncles were among the first Black men to enlist above the rank of Messman when they joined the Navy's B-1 band in 1942.

    “We do believe what the Pledge of Allegiance says and what the Constitution says,” Timika explained. “That's what we fight for.”

    Her daughter, Elise, after completing her training this summer, will report to Sasebo, . There, she will serve onboard the U.S.S. America (LHA-6) as a surface warfare officer.

    “I think she will do well in going back to Japan,” Timika said, pointing to the time she took Elise and her younger son, Eric, to live there from 2015 to 2017. “I believe we're in the…

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