Ranger Portrays a Buffalo Soldier
Yosemite National Park ranger Shelton Johnson portrays a Buffalo Soldier in this 5.5-minute video (courtesy of Hearst Castle Theater at the San Simeon State Historical Monument in California). In this clip of the theatrical production, Johnson's character recalls exactly when his father suggested that he join the Army and become a soldier as his life's path. Johnson, who has long studied the role of Buffalo Soldiers in the Sierra, presents research and personal reflections on a related Buffalo Soldiers website. Also, see Johnson's PBS appearance in Ken Burns' 2009 documentary called "America's Best Idea" on the national parks.
Did You Know?
The Yosemite Leadership Program partners with UC Merced, to bring students to the park each summer for hands-on professional development through internships. Students work alongside scientists, educators, interpreters, business managers, and many other professionals of the NPS and park partner organizations. Some go on to become National Park Service rangers.