During the twentieth century, the U.S. Naval Academy evolved from a racist institution to one that categorized equal opportunity among its traditional creeds. This transformation was not without its societal cost, however, and black midshipmen bore the impact of it. Dr. Smith's early life (1954-1972) was throughout the pivotal time during the history of integration in America. Dr. Smith was one of the few African Americans to enter the Naval Academy between the years 1972-1976. This book reveals how a few black men accomplishments laid the foundation to satisfy the outcry of the black community as a whole. Their notable accomplishments met civil rights advocates' demands for equal opportunity and shaped the Naval Academy's evolution away from a racist institution.