Sunday, July 25, 2010


Colonel Charles Young (1864-1922) was a pioneer for African-Americans in the United States Army, becoming the first African-American to rise to the rank of colonel.

He was the third African-American to graduate from West Point. During his distinguished career, Young was in the Buffalo Soldiers, serving in Nebraska, Utah and Arizona. Young was the
first African-American to serve as superintendent of a national park (Seqouia National Park in California) and the first African-American military attache serving in Haiti.

Between 1894 and 1898, Young taught military sciience at Wilberforce College, a historically black college, working alongside W.E.B. DuBois.
Colonel Young was awarded the Springarn Medal, the highest honor of the NAACP, for his military achievements, in 1916.

On July 13, 350 members of the House of Representatives, including 125 Republicans, voted to study adding Colonel Young's home in Xenia, Ohio as a historic site in the National Parks System.
26 Republicans, including Congressman Paul Ryan, voted against even considering honoring Colonel Young's contributions to American history.


Urban Pioneer said...

That was a very misleading and opportunistic headline. The Details are whether the guys house should be added as an Historic Park. Doing so would be adding additional financial burden to the American taxpayer. Doing so at this point in our current financial straights would have been irresponsible, just like extending Unemployment Benefits with out paying for them. There is nothing preventing any private group from honouring this Buffalo Soldier and his contribution to America's history. But pointing it out because of his "race" is not helping America to become "Post-Racial".

Anonymous said...

This comes as no surprise to me. Ryan has consistently voted againt policies and issues that would benefit minorities. He has supported George Bush's policies and legislation 95% of the Time He has been and continues to be a George hand-puppet and clone. It amazes me to no end, that he keeps getting elected, in spite of his opposition to the interest of the constituents of his district. He consistently votes for policies that benefit the rich and big business. While voting in opposition to policies and legislation that would benefit the poor, blue collar, labor and minorities.

Anonymous said...

paul ryan is terrible for Wisconsin. period.

there are just too many examples of his votes that reflect his disinterest in his constituents.