I have been researching and writing about the life of Charles Young since I first read of his accomplishments in 1996 while serving as a historian at the Defense Intelligence Agency. I've been hot on his trail since, publishing Black Cadet in a White Bastion: Charles Young at West Point in 2006 and Black Officer in a Buffalo Soldier Regiment: The Military Career of Charles Young in 2010, both by the University of Nebraska Press. I am currently under contract with the University of Nebraska Press to complete my third book titled A Pestiferous Rotation: African American Officers in Liberia, 1910-1942 to be published in early 2018.
I recently broadened my research and writing with “Buffalo Soldiers on the Western Frontier: 1866-1890” which appears in the Routledge Handbook of U.S. Diplomatic and Military History Since 1865 published in June 2013. I also wrote "Buffalo Soldiers in Africa: African American Officers in Liberia, 1910-1942" for the Routledge History of Race in the American Military published in 2016.
The year 2016 was a very busy and gratifying one for me in terms of opportunities resulting from my research and writing. I spoke about Charles Young and the Buffalo Soldiers at several venues and worked on several very exciting history projects. Throughout the year, I worked with Frank Simkonis of Kentucky Educational TV on a segment on Charles Young for the program "Kentucky Life." The program aired in February 2017. In November I spoke at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture as a panel member at its very first military history symposium. I also worked with Dr. Carolyn Mazloomi and the Women of Color Quilters Network (WCQN) and thirty of her artists who are creating quilts that tell the story of Charles Young. You will find more details on these and others in the Events section of this webpage.
I look forward to many more adventures riding with Charles Young and the Buffalo Soldiers!