RACES: First in Eleven Years

A Negro entered the U. S. Military Academy at West Point last week, the first Negro cadet in eleven years. Inevitably, press spotlights focused upon him, Alonzo Souleigh Parham, 20, of Chicago, appointed by Negro Congressman Oscar De Priest of Illinois (TIME, May 20).

Erect and alone, Cadet Parham approached "The Point's" vine-clad walls, walked through its arched entrance lugging a suitcase, wearing a dark suit, a grey cap. With 385 other cadets he presented himself at headquarters for the routine of enrollment. On his registration blank under "Father's Occupation" he...

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