- The first African-American woman to command a ship in the United States Navy is Michelle J Howard
- The woman commanded Expeditionary Strike Group 2 from April 2009 to July 2010 when it was deployed off the coast of Africa
- Michelle was also the commander of Amphibious Squadron 7 from May 2004 to September 2005
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Michelle J Howard is the first African-American woman to command a ship in the United States Navy.
The woman, who commanded Expeditionary Strike Group 2 from April 2009 to July 2010 when it was deployed off the coast of Africa, was also the commander of Amphibious Squadron 7 from May 2004 to September 2005.
According to Face 2 Face Africa, in 2014, Michelle was the first woman to become a four-star admiral in the US Navy and the first woman to be appointed to the position of vice chief of naval operations.
YEN.com.gh gathers that Michelle is the first African-American woman to reach the rank of three-star and four-stars in the Armed Forces as well.
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After completing her last assignment as the commander of naval forces in Europe and Africa, she retired from the navy in 2017.
In other news, a 39-year-old lady who was homeless and slept on airport floor has now become a successful entrepreneur that has created a scholarship for black undergraduates at Oxford University.
Arlan Hamilton, who slept at San Francisco airport with a backpack and a laptop, is the creator of the first scholarship fund targeted at black undergraduates at Oxford University.
The scholarship covers fees and living cost for one undergraduate a year for three years beginning in 2020.
The scholarship is valued at around $300,000 and its beneficiary must be of African and Caribbean heritage and from economically disadvantaged backgrounds.
Each student will also be given $3900 grant to pursue careers in their chosen field.
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She told USA TODAY: “I plan on doing this for several schools over the next decade and starting with Oxford because I’ve spent a great deal of time with their students and faculty, and Dillard because it’s my mom’s alma mater and shaped her.”
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