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Letter from R.R. Moton, Principal of the Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute to President Woodrow Wilson
Robert R. Moton, Principal		Emmett J. Scott, Secretary		  Warren Logan, Treasurer

      Board of Trustees
William G. Willcox, Chairman.  Member of Investment Committee
	3 South William St., New York, N.Y.                                       The Tuskegee
W.W. Campbell, Vice-chairman, Tuskegee, Ala.
William J. Schieffelin,  Member of Investment Committee
	170 William St., New York, N.Y.                                     Normal and Industrial Institute
Charles E. Mason, Member of Investment Committee
	30 State St., Boston, Mass.                                          Founded by Booker T. Washington
Frank Trumbull, Member of Investment Committee
	61 Broadway, New York, N.Y.
Theodore Roosevelt, Oyster Bay, N.Y.                                              For the Training of
Julius Rosenwald, Arthington St. and Homan Ave.
	Chicago, Ill.
William M. Scott, 19th and Hamilton Sts.                                     Colored Young Men and Women
	Philadelphia, Pa.
George McAneny, 19 East 47th St., New York, N.Y. 
R.O. Simpson, Furman, Ala.
V.H. Tulane, 433 S. Ripley St., Montgomery, Ala.
Belton Gilbreath, Birmingham, Ala.                                            Tuskegee Institute, Alabama
Charles W. Hare, Tuskegee, Ala.
Warren Logan, Member of Investment Committee
	Tuskegee Institute, Ala. 
A.J. Wilborn, Tuskegee, Ala.
Edgar A. Bancroft, 606 S. Michigan Ave.
	Chicago, Ill.
Alexander Mann, D.D., Trinity Church, Boston, Mass.
Robert R. Moton, Tuskegee Institute, Ala.

                              (Copy for Colonel Young)  	July 7, 1917.

President Woodrow Wilson,
The White House,
Washington, D.C.

Dear Mr. President:

	I know how overwhelmed you are at a time like this, but I 
am sure you will appreciate the spirit in which this is written.  
I sincerely hope that this letter may be brought to your person-
al attention.  It concerns a matter of the utmost importance.

	You must know something of the unrest and discontent among 
the colored people at this time.  Many of them are very much dis-
couraged because they have had little or no opportunity to volun-
teer for service, and at a time when strenuous efforts are being 
made to secure 70,000 recruits to fill out the Federal Army.  Of 
course, they with others will be "drafted."

	The latest matter giving them concern is the matter of 
Lieutenant Colonel Charles Young's being ordered to the Letterman 
General Hospital at the Presidio of San Francisco, California.  
The colored newspapers and the colored people generally are very 
much concerned about this matter.  I am venturing to call some 
of the newspaper comments to your attention.  I am sending these 
as samples of other comments.

	Personally, I very much hope it may be possible to continue 
Lieutenant Colonel Young in the Regular Army.  It will be a very 
great disappointment to hundreds of thousands of colored people 
if he should be retired at a time like this, as he himself states 
that he "has never felt better in his life, and has never enjoyed 
better health than at present.

	If you can, for the reasons I have sought to mention, give 
this matter some part of your personal attention, I am sure it 
will be altogether in the right direction, and will mean more to the 
ten or twelve millions of Negroes than I need here express - and 
to the country as well.  
						Very sincerely yours,
							(signed) R. R. Moton, Principal.

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Letter from R.R. Moton, Principal of the Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute to President Woodrow Wilson


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