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.
William M. Scott, 19th and Hamilton Sts. Colored Young Men and Women
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.
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,
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.