By Ron Jones
Editor of The Bugle
Newsletter of the Los Angeles, CA Chapter of the Ninth and Tenth (Horse) Cavalry
Letter to the Editor: To whom it may concern: I am writing to let you know that the Buffalo Soldiers have not been forgotten. My son attends a charter school in the Los Angeles area that strongly promotes the learning of African and African-American history. This past October (in place of traditional Halloween celebrations), the school held their annual Fall Festival. As part of the festival, students were encourage to create their own costumes which honored any real person or fictitious character of African and/or African descent. The school was flooded with the likes of Obama, Oprah, Mohammed Ali, Egyptian Kings, Prince, Rosa Parks and so on.
After some research, my son proudly dressed as a “Buffalo Soldier”. We created the costume mostly from thrift store items and items we had at home. He won first place in the costume contest for his grade level. He was so proud.
I am glad he had the chance to pay tribute the brave Buffalo Soldiers.
I have attached a picture of him in his “uniform”. Enjoy!
Signed: A proud parent
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Letter to the Editor – follow-up Last month I posted a letter from a young mother, Ms. Ramona Partee-Sims, who was very proud of her son, Joshua. The school Joshua attends, the Culture and Language Academy of Success, held a Fall Festival in place of a Halloween celebration. As part of the festival, students were encourage to create their own costumes which honored any real person or fictitious character of African and/or African-American descent. Joshua and his mother sat down and went through history books and other material until Joshua came upon some pictures of Buffalo Soldiers.
Immediately Joshua told his mother, “That’s what I want to go as,” pointing to the pictures of the troopers. To prepare for his role, his mother told me that Joshua watched the movie, Buffalo Soldiers. After hearing his story and seeing the results of his transformation, I felt that I had an obligation, as a member of the Ninth & Tenth (Horse) Cavalry Association, to honor this young man. I contacted the principal of the school, Mr. Andrew Jackson, and told him I would like to make a presentation to Joshua. Mr. Jackson thought it was a great idea. Joshua is in the 3rd grade and I was able to meet with all his classmates.
After giving the class a brief background about the Buffalo Soldiers, I called Joshua to the front of the room and made my presentation. I awarded him a Buffalo Soldier certificate of appreciation, a B u f f a l o S o l d i e r commemorative coin, a Buffalo Soldier Stamp pin and a 10th Cavalry Crest pin. I don’t have to tell you how proud and honored he was to have an adult acknowledge his efforts and it goes without saying that Joshua was the hit of the 3rd grade class. I want to thank Joshua, Ms. Sims, Mr. Jackson, and all the teachers at the Culture and Language Academy of Success. You are all doing an outstanding job. Keep up the good work!!