Texas A&M Cadets to be led by 1st black commander

Nearly a half-century after African-Americans were admitted to predominantly white Texas A&M University, a black student has finally reached the pinnacle of one of its signature organizations. ... Full Story »

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Sarah Lauderdale
by Sarah Lauderdale - Apr. 15, 2012

The background and context offered within this article covers some of the history of Texas A&M and the background of the featured cadet Alexander. The article focuses on the dates in which the university decided to integrate African Americans and women. The article also informs the reader of other prominent positions held by African Americans at the university. The reader is also informed of the statistics of African American students throughout past years. The origins of the featured cadet are also given within the article. The reader is provided with his hometown and information on his family. This history and context serves to give understanding to Alexanders accomplishments. The low ratings of black college students within his hometown and the small percentage of black students at Texas A&M give significance to his newly appointed position of commander. This event holds more weight due to Alexander being the very first commander of A&Ms Corps of Cadets. The article lacked more information on what a Corps of Cadets is and what there relation if to the university. We are given information of Alexanders responsibilities as a commander but that does not define what a Corps is. The article could also have elaborated further on Alexanders origins. The article touches on his home town and statistics of his undergraduate college but little else is given. I would like to have been given more information on his undergraduate degree and more statistics from his hometown.

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