• Col. Charles Young / Youngsholm / Buffalo Soldiers in Cuba

    Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers

    National Monument Ohio

"The thing then to be desired above all others is confidence in one's self..." Charles Young

Throughout his life, Charles Young overcame countless obstacles in his ascent to prominence.  In spite of overt racism and stifling inequality, Young rose through the military ranks to become one of the most respected leaders of his time.  A well-rounded man with a steadfast devotion to duty, Young led by example and inspired a generation of new leaders.

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Spingarn Medal & Portrait Pose

In 1916, the NAACP awarded Charles Young the prestigious Spingarn Medal for his exemplary work as a military attaché in Liberia. Young helped to supervise the country's budding infrastructure while at the same time providing valuable information to the U.S. Government's mission in the country. Young was the second African-American to receive the coveted award.