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Proceedings of the Colored State Convention assembled in St. Paul's A. M. E. Church, Lexington, Ky., November 26.
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record wonderful in its results, but we are not yet in possession of all our rights as citizens. Every day sees us at the caprice of a cruel and senseless prejudice, deprived of rights which are clearly ours. Against this great injustice we earnestly protest. In the resolutions we herewith send forth our reasonable claims are stated, and we submit to the intelligence of the land that they are just. Nor do we labor without hope ; justice must triumph sooner or later, and we are persuaded that the day is not far hence when you will more fully clothed with the rights guaranteed you by the great Constitution, for there is a great and constantly growing sentiment based upon truth, which is disposed to do the right. The sentiment is found among the best and right thinking citizens and must prevail. But the day for which you so anxiously long, the day in which you shall stand clothed in the full garment of citizenship, may be hastened by a positive and prudent course on your part. In the name of wisdom and true manhood, see your rights, and content yourself with nothing else. Again, a cause worthy the efforts of any people is the upbuilding and maintenance of a high and nobel character.
Education is most important factor in the solution of the problem that is before you. It should not be despised or treated with indifference, but encouraged and acquired to the greatest extent possible. Wealth, too, has its bearing, which is by no means insignificant. The saying that wealth demands respect is true. Efforts to accumulate property are heartily commended. This must be done by rigorous and incessant economy. A people given to temperance have an advantage over those given to prodigality, for temperance conducts to industry and economy.
Thus it will be seen that to some extent the working out of your salvation is committed into your own hand. Let no failure of its accomplishment be justly attributed to a lack of consideration on your part. In full realization of the trying situation that confronts you, we earnestly submit to you the words of David to his son Solomon : "Be strong and of good courage; fear not nor be dismayed ; arise and be doing, and the Lord be with thee."
The Committee on Resolutions reported the following which were adopted :
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