Michelle Howard: American Hero

“While the facts surrounding the kidnapping and rescue of the Maersk Alabama Captain Richard Phillips have been widely reported, less well-known is that ship which saved him was commanded by a black woman, Rear Admiral Michelle Howard.

“Howard received the assignment of leading the U.S. Navy’s counter-piracy task force just three days before the Maersk Alabama was attacked by Somalia pirates.”


“Howard is the first of her 1982 U.S. Naval Academy class to reach the rank of admiral. In 1999, Howard became the first African-American woman to command a U.S. Navy ship, the USS Rushmore.”
Ship commanded by Black woman admiral rescued Maersk Alabama captain, by James Wright, AFRO Staff Writer, April 30, 2009

This is the first I’ve heard of this (via) and if this is the first you’ve heard of it, please pass it on. We should know who our real heroes are.

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