On July 22, the House approved, by voice vote, H. Res. 1214, a resolution honoring Ensign DeCarol Davis as the first African American woman to serve as the valedictorian of the Coast Guard Academy.
Sponsored by Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS), the resolution contains a number of findings, including:
Rep. Thompson stated, “On May 21, 2008, Ensign Davis graduated from the Coast Guard Academy with a grade point average of 3.96 in electrical engineering. She earned the distinction of being the first African American valedictorian of the Coast Guard Academy…The Coast Guard Academy was founded in 1876, but the first African American did not graduate from the institution until 1966. Women were not admitted to the school until 1976. Today, we honor Ensign Davis, who, through her hard work and perseverance, accomplished what no African American has done before her; she achieved the Academy’s highest honor.”