Colonel Charles Young Legacy Campaign
Help Preserve the History, Home and Legacy of Colonel Young, an American hero.
On March 25, 2013, President Barack Obama designated Colonel Young’s home in Wilberforce, Ohio as the Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument. Today, your help is needed to preserve and develop this great American story which is also the potential future site of the Colonel Charles Young Leadership Academy.
Young was the third African American to graduate from the United States Military Academy at West Point; a Military Science and Tactics instructor at Wilberforce University; a member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.; the first African American Military Attaché; the first foreign diplomat from any nation to serve in Haiti; the first African American national park superintendent (in what is now Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in California); the first African American Colonel in the United States Army and the highest ranking African American officer during the World War I era. He was a living testament to the regimental mottoes of the Ninth and Tenth Cavalry troops he commanded, the legendary Buffalo Soldiers, with their stalwart cry “We Can, We Will!” and “Ready and Forward!”
A Future Leadership Academy
Your contribution will help establish the Colonel Charles Young Leadership Academy on 10 acres of this 59 acre site, where youth will study multidisciplinary curricula that focuses on leadership through mentoring by Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. members, retired U.S. military officers, educators, preservationists, business leaders and historians. Through community service, this academy will inspire young leaders, cultivate future park stewards, and rangers to follow in the footsteps of an “officer and a gentleman” who never wavered in his pursuit of excellence.
The Young Home
Young's home in Wilberforce, Ohio was a hub for intellectual discourse and the arts, fueled by his close friendships with the renowned poet Paul Laurence Dunbar and pioneering sociologist, W.E.B. Dubois. Young was an accomplished composer and musician who played the piano, violin, and cornet. He was an accomplished linguist who mastered German, Italian, Spanish, Latin and Greek. His varied interests and activities stand to this day as a reminder of his impact on this nation and his legacy of triumph in the face of adversity.