Photograph courtesy of Charity Adams Early. It originally appeared in Dayton’s African American Heritage by Margaret Peters.
Lieutenant Colonel Charity Edna Earley
12/5/1918 - 1/13/2002
Lieutenant Colonel Charity Edna Earley was the first black officer in the Women’s Army Corps and commanding officer of the only organization of black women to serve overseas during World War II. Her book, One Woman’s Army: a Black Officer Remembers the WAC recounts her experiences as a pioneer coping with the difficulties of being an African American woman in the army while carrying out the enormous assignment of ensuring that the U.S. mail was delivered to every American sitting in the European theater throughout the war. Charity Earley served her community after the war as well, serving on numerous boards including Sinclair Community College, DP & L, Dayton Metropolitan Housing Authority, and the American Red Cross. She was one of the founding members of Leadership Dayton and Parity 2000.