Episode 8: “Ohio v. Discrimination” (Colonel Charles Young) Alex travels to Wilberforce, Ohio and the National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center to learn about the life of Colonel Charles Young. (https://www.ohiohistory.org/visit/museum-and-site-locator/national-afro-american-museum)
We talk about history’s highest-ranking African American military officer until 1940 with author Brian Shellum and NAAMCC Executive Director Dr. Charles Wash. Young’s struggle to serve his nation in the face of unrelenting racism and discrimination that reaches all the way to the White House is explored. We follow Young’s life from being born into slavery to his youth in Ripley, OH. His fascinating career takes us to the Frontier West, the Philippines, Africa, the Caribbean and a war in Mexico in 1916. Author Brian Shellum talks about his biography of Col. Young, “Black Officer in a Buffalo Soldier Regiment”. (https://www.amazon.com/Black-Officer-Buffalo-Soldier-Regiment/dp/0803213859/ref=pd_bxgy_14_img_2?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=0803213859&pd_rd_r=STC85RBHJVGF8DN752TF&pd_rd_w=vM0A7&pd_rd_wg=jejfl&psc=1&refRID=STC85RBHJVGF8DN752TF)
Chuck Wash takes us on a tour of the National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center and Col. Young’s life in the progressive town of Wilberforce, Ohio. Go see this amazing hidden gem of a museum in Western Ohio. Appearances by W.E.B Dubois, George Patton, Booker T. Washington, Woodrow Wilson and Theodore Roosevelt. Also, learn about the Spanish American War, the Phillipine-American War, The Punitive Expedition in Mexico and WWI.
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