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In Memoriam: Lt. Cmdr. Wesley A. Brown

May 28th, 2012 by Ajuan Mance

It is with great sadness that I must report the recent death of Lt. Cmdr. Wesley A. Brown, the first African American to graduate from the U.S. Naval Academy. He died on Tuesday, May 22, 2012. The cause of death was cancer. I first blogged on Lt. Cmdr. Brown in 2008. In a post titled “Black Firsts, May 2008: Lt. Cmdr. Wesley A. Brown” I described the Academy’s planned dedication of the Wesley Brown Fieldhouse, a $52 million, 140,000 square foot sports complex named for the pioneering Black midshipman. Follow this link to the read the New York Times obituary for Lt. Cmdr. Brown: “Wesley Brown, Pioneer as Black Naval Graduate, Dies at 85.”

May he rest in peace.

Posted by Ajuan Mance

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