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Hampton Negro Conference. Number III. July 1899.

1899VA-State-Hampton_Proceedings (11).pdf

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Report of the Third Annual Negro Conference

The Conference was formally opened in Academic Hall on the morning of July 19, after a preliminary meeting for the appointment of the standing committees for the ensuing year.

The opening address was made by Dr. Frissell and was followed by the reports of the various committees.

Address of Welcome


I am glad to welcome to Hampton again the members of this conference. Last year our gathering called forth great interest from all parts of the country. We are to discuss the same subjects that came before us at that time; the problems that confront us are no smaller than they were then; they are perhaps larger, but I hope that we are willing to face them. I am glad that we have problems to face. Some of your race think that life is not worth living because there are so many; but I believe that the members of this conference think that life is not worth living without them.

I want to call your attention to the fact that those who are here and those whom this conference represents, are the ones to work out these problems. It is well enough for the Anglo-Saxon to help, but after all it is for you to do the work. These conferences can do much good. Those of the past two years have confined themselves to matters which they have the power to remedy, and this seems an important thing to do. You have chosen practical subjects such as sanitation, domestic economy, business, and education, and your committees will present their reports.

The thought with which we come together is cooperation. At the conference in West Virginia last month, the great question was how those who are working in the cause of education can get together. We work too much apart—the denominational and public schools; those from the North and those from the South; teachers in white schools and teachers in colored schools—we do not appreciate or understand each others' work. Now how are we to get together? We ought to realize the fact that as

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