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Hampton Negro Conference. Number III. July 1899.

1899VA-State-Hampton_Proceedings (8).pdf

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Resolutions of the Third Hampton Negro Conference

We affirm the resolutions of the first and second Hampton Negro Conferences, and appreciate the work done by the conferences at Atlanta and Tuskegee. Although previous resolutions cover quite fully the general condition of the race, yet we believe that truth is often impressed by the force of reiteration. As these conferences aim to deal only with those phases of the problem which they have power to improve by practical help, the committee has thought best to formulate simple plans of work, rather than to issue a formal statement of general principles.

The following outline of work is therefore suggested for the coming year.


The cause of education in the South is still in its infancy, notwithstanding the large sums of money that have been expended and the splendid work that has been already accomplished.

We recommend:—

1. That education, by whatever name it may pass, be adapted to the needs and condition of the people.

2. That teachers equip themselves along the special lines where they can be of most service to the communities in which they labor.

3. Effort should be made to lengthen the school term wherever public funds are insufficient.

4. Teachers should be employed for no other consideration than merit and fitness.

5. The development of a spirit of consecration and devotion on the part of all who are engaged in the work of education.


We urge:—

1. That parents take a deeper interest in the moral and religious training of their children, and that they express such interest by demanding moral as well as intellectual qualification of teachers and ministers.

2. That our ministers lay greater stress upon the practical, every day duties of life.

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