Mother, Timika Lindsay and Daughter, Elise Lindsay has broken the 177-year-old record of United States Naval Academy after emerging the first African-American mother and daughter duo to graduate from the academy.
Timika Lindsay is a retired Navy Captain who graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1992 and 31 years after, her daughter, Elise Lindsay followed in her footsteps. The mother and daughter both majored in General Science.
Capt. Timika Lindsay was one of the highest-ranking African American female captains, she served in the Navy for 30 years before she retired in 2021. She was the Naval Academy’s director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI), creating numerous initiatives to improve diversity, equity and inclusion of the black community in the ranks.
After her retirement, she continued working in the DEI space by opening her own consulting firm, named Anchor Leadership Solutions.
“My family will tell you that I faked my retirement, and somehow secretly I’m still working for the Navy,” she joked.
She also mentioned that her family has a long history with the US Navy and Military since the World War 11. Describing their loyalty and love for the country as a deep one.
“We do believe what the Pledge of Allegiance says and what the Constitution says, that’s what we fight for,” Captain Timika explained.
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The retired captain further disclosed that before she began her academy tour, she travelled together with her children to Japan, where they gained exposure to fleet life and met other kids who went through similar experiences as part of a military family.
Elise said that she developed an interest in the navy school since high school while her mother was in her last duty station at the academy, where she worked as the head diversity officer.
She revealed that seeing life as a midshipman and living on the yard together with attending naval events with her mother were factors that influenced her decision to follow in the same path as her mother. Though she never made it obvious to her mother.
“If you would’ve asked me if this was a possibility seven years ago, I would’ve said no way in the world,” Timika said.
Elise acknowledged that she faced challenges while attending the academy but cited that being referred to as “Captain Lindsay’s daughter” on most occasion was the biggest.
“Sometimes you don’t want to be Captain Lindsay’s daughter, you want to be midshipman Lindsay, that was really hard,” she said.
However, Elise said she was eventually able to make a name for herself and also build her own personal relationships with her mentors and mentees in the academy before graduating
Elise will be going to Japan where she will be stationed to serve on the USS America. Her brother, Eric Jr., will also be graduating from the academy in 2025.