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Report on the Texas State Colored Men's Convention in Houston
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Whereas, we realize that our inspiration came from him whose heart throbbed, and through whose veins flowed the life fluid of our hero and benefactor, Fred Douglass, who now reposes in the tranquil confines of earthly clay;
Whereas, we conceive our irreparable loss in the death of this great humanitarian and freedom loving giant;
Whereas, we fell that words are unattainable to express our hearts' sorrow and sad reflections of his transcending worth;
Whereas, we believe that he who nurtured the heart and reared this hero of human rights, nurtured the heart and transformed the glorious character of the man from the galley yoke of thralldom and the unrestrained shackles of oppression, will perpetuate this cause and race and raise another type of his heart, brain and stamina;
Resolved, that we, as an assembly of his own shade and time, and who beheld him as our heroic chieftain and daring leader, here acknowledge him as one of the highest types of humanity.
That we perpetuate his memory in song and story and transmit it to posterity with the glory and sublimity due to his immortal name.
That we exhort every negro who loves and admires true worth and integrity to place in his or her home, be it ever so humble and remote, a picture or likeness of this advocate of our cause.
That we hear an original eulogy appropriate to this great and grand occasion.
L. S. SIMMONS,
While the conference was still awaiting for the other committee's report Hon. J. B. Raynor addressed the conference.
The committee on plans and organization failed to agree and there was a majority and a minority report. The following is the report of the majority:
We, your committee on plans of organization, beg leave to report as follows:
1. That we organize under the name of Anti-Class Legislation organization of Texas.
2. That the above organization be composed of three divisions, viz., state, county and precinct.
3. That a state central executive committee, composed of one member from each senatorial district, be appointed to put the above plans into execution.
4. That the central executive committee be and is hereby empowered to call a delegated state convention when necessary and fix the bases of representation for the same.
L.. L. CAMPBELL,
H. J. M'DONALD,
M. M. ROGERS,
J. H. GARNETT,
L. W. BAKER,
W. H. HATHAWAY,
A. G. SCOTT,
J. B. BELL,
J. W. JAMISON.
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