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Hampton Negro Conference. Number III. July 1899.

1899VA-State-Hampton_Proceedings (10).pdf

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the generosity of Mr. C.P. Huntington in making the work in Virginia possible.

6. BUSINESS AND LABOR

The great movement toward the organization of skilled labor is one which represents on the whole a healthy social evolution.

1. As intelligent workingmen the Negro skilled laborers must eventually join all trades unions, either in bodies or as separate workingmen.

2. We therefore urge Negroes to study carefully the union movement and to seek the best methods to understand and take advantage of it.

3. We would emphasize the idea that the welfare of the nation, social and economic, is in no small degree dependent on the condition of Negro laborers, and that what degrades and hinders them, hurts and pauperizes the nation.

7. TWELFTH CENSUS

We think it highly important that the managers of the Twelfth Census should make a: their earliest opportunity such special studies of the American Negro as will furnish the most accurate general data as to his social condition.

While this conference is deeply sensible of recent deplorable occurrences, such as the Wilmington riot and the lynchings in Georgia and elsewhere, which tend to destroy the fundamental principles of American institutions, and to humiliate and degrade the colored race, yet we appeal in all confidence to the best sentiment of both races to uphold the principles of civilization and Christianity.

KELLY MILLER,

ARCHIBALD H. GRIMKE

W. ASHBIE HAWKINS,

MARIA L. BALDWIN,

S. G. ATKINS,

EDWINA B. KRUSE,

W. E. B. DUBOIS.

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