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  • Colonel Charles Young - Soldier, Educator, Diplomat, & Civil Rights Advocate

    Colonel Charles Young - Soldier, Educator, Diplomat, & Civil Rights Advocate

    “An unheralded military hero, Charles Young (1864–1922) was the third black graduate of West Point, the first African American national park superintendent, the first black U.S. military attaché, the first African American officer to command a Regular Army regiment, and the highest-ranking black officer in the Regular Army until his death. Black Officer in a Buffalo Soldier Regiment tells the story of the man who—willingly or not—served as a standard-bearer for his race in the officer corps for nearly thirty years, and who, if not for racial prejudice, would have become the first African American general.” — Brian G. Shellum, Author of Black Officer in a Buffalo Soldier Regiment: The Military Career of Charles Young.
  • Colonel Charles Young - Soldier, Educator, Diplomat, & Civil Rights Advocate

    Colonel Charles Young - Soldier, Educator, Diplomat, & Civil Rights Advocate

    Charles Young was born to enslaved parents Gabriel and Arminta Young in Mayslick, Kentucky on March 12, 1864. Young graduated from high school in Ripley, Ohio in 1881 at the top of his class at the young age of 16. , and taught school in Ripley 1881-84. After graduation, Charles became a teacher and went and taught at an all-black high school also located in Ripley. Later in his life he returned to his educator roots and taught Latin, Greek, French, Spanish and German as well as Military Science at Wilberforce University in Ohio.
  • Colonel Charles Young - Soldier, Educator, Diplomat, & Civil Rights Advocate

    Colonel Charles Young - Soldier, Educator, Diplomat, & Civil Rights Advocate

    Young entered West Point in 1884 and became only the third African American to graduate from the United States Military Academy in 1889. Newly commissioned Second Lieutenant Young was initially assigned to the Ninth U.S. Cavalry and served at frontier posts at Ft. Robinson, Nebraska and Ft. Duchesne, Utah from 1889-94. Young served as Professor of Military Science at Wilberforce University in Wilberforce, Ohio, on detached duty 1894-98; while there he was promoted to First Lieutenant in 1896. In 1898 during the Spanish-American War, Young was appointed Major, U.S. Volunteers, in the Ohio National Guard to command its Ninth Infantry Battalion, but his unit was not sent overseas.
  • Colonel Charles Young - Soldier, Educator, Diplomat, & Civil Rights Advocate

    Colonel Charles Young - Soldier, Educator, Diplomat, & Civil Rights Advocate

    Colonel Charles Young – Soldier, Educator, Diplomat, & Civil Rights Advocate
  • Colonel Charles Young - Soldier, Educator, Diplomat, & Civil Rights Advocate

    Colonel Charles Young - Soldier, Educator, Diplomat, & Civil Rights Advocate

    Colonel Young master several languages, as well as played and composed music for piano, violin and guitar. He was a proficient visual artist and was considered a master of map making. His friends were some of the most educated and gifted black men of the day. They included W.E.B. Du Bois, who started the N.A.A.C.P., scientist Booker T. Washington, and poet/ song lyricist, Paul Lawrence Dunbar.
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  • Colonel Charles Young  -  The Man, The Mission, The Facts

    Colonel Charles Young - The Man, The Mission, The Facts

    Born: March 12, 1864, Mays Lick, Kentucky Died: January 8, 1922, Nigeria, West Africa