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Report on the Texas State Colored Men's Convention in Houston

1895TX-State-Houston_Galveston-Daily-News_May-24-1895 (1).Pdf

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Anti-Negro Statutes, Mob Violence

and Non-Representation

on Juries


Speeches by Representative Men of the Race.

Plans Outlined for a Permanent Organization

—Tribute to Fred Douglass.

Houston, Tex., May 23.—A large gathering of representative colored men of Texas met at the U. B. F. hall in this city. There were present the best thought and brain of the colored race in Texas. Every profession, from the lowest in the walks of life to the highest, was represented, ex-collector of customs, representatives, lawyers, doctors, professors, presidents of colleges, school teachers, editors, preachers, mechanics; in short, it was a grand collection of negro talent. It truly evinced the fact that they were ready to take discreet, decisive and a manly determination for their rights. The gathering was peaceful and respectful. There were more than 250 well dressed, intelligent looking men present.

At 11 o'clock Hon. R. L. Smith of Colorado county called the meeting to order by saying that he desired to call a gentleman to the chair. This gentleman is Dr. I. B. Scott, president of Wiley university, from Harrison county.

Bishop F. L. Lights prayed that the conference would be peaceful, harmonious and redound to the benefit of the race.

Dr. W. H. Scott was introduced and in a clear, modest, but forcible manner, delivered the following welcome address, which was warmly applauded:

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