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Hampton Negro Conference. Number III. July 1899.
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one grows the other grows. No institution advances, I think, without helping the rest. This idea of cooperation was brought out strongly at the last conference, and I hope it will be also in this,—how we who are white can help you who are colored, how you can help one another, how we can all work together for the common good. Last years' meeting was criticized because it was said that we got together and spoke of the faults of the colored people, and then published them to the whole world. It is a mistake to look at the matter in that light. There are certain things to be changed, certain facts to be faced and remedied, and if the white people can help, let them help. We can do no goodby working in the dark. Bring things to the light; let the truth prevail. Probe the question to the bottom and then apply the remedy. We shall never get at the truth by mincing words or covering facts.
We gather on historic ground. You can look out yonder and see where the battle of the Monitor and Merrimac was fought. This spot is sacred with the blood of those who gave their lives to make our work possible. Out there in the cemetery lie the boys in blue. We are to give our lives for the same purpose that they did, and clinch the work which they began amid such storm and stress. We have progressed farther; we have more on our hands, and we must be brave about facing difficulties. Out there lies the body of the great statesman and soldier who founded this institution. He believed in the other man. That spirit ought to characterize this conference—the belief in the other man, whether he be white or whether he be black, whether he be from the North or from theSouth. The words of Booker Washington, "No man can drag me down so low as to make me hate him," fairly represent the Hampton spirit. It is sometimes said that General Armstrong had a cringing nature, it is no such thing. There never was a braver man; but he was always ready to see what was good in people. He had a strong belief in the good intentions of those around him; and we should follow his example by cultivating a spirit of love for all men.
Suggestions of the Committee on Education
PROF. HUGH M. BROWNE, CHAIRMAN
The Committee on Education, instead of expressing its views wishes to suggest a few topics for discussion. In spite of the large amount of money that has already been spent for the
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