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Hampton Negro Conference. Number III. July 1899.

1899VA-State-Hampton_Proceedings (16).pdf

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in the community. It is important that some one shall see that the promised amounts are paid; also it is absolutely essential that the teacher be interested, for in every instance where there has been failure, it has been due to lack of interest on the part of the teacher.


A teacher from Hertford, N. C. told of a successful effort made in his city to combine all the schools, public and private, into one system with the high school at the head. Nothing denominational was allowed to interfere; the term was lengthened to nine months, and the result was an immense strengthening of educational forces. Miss Laney strongly approved of this idea, saying, "We are too weak to divide our interests. Let private giving supplement public work. Let us have less criticism of one another, and more hearty cooperation."


There was a strong sentiment expressed by the conference in favor of manual training. Mr. T. B. Williams said that of eighteen pupils who left a grammar school in Indianapolis last year for higher schools, twelve chose the manual training high school. "We should distinguish" said Mr. Williams, "between manual and industrial training; the former is needed by every boy and girl of every race because it assists in mental and moral as well as in physical development. We must rid ourselves of the idea that it is offered to the colored people because the white people believe that they are fit only to work with the hands. All the best schools in the country are introducing it into their courses."

Recommendations of the Committee on Religion and Ethics


Your committee begs leave to submit the following recommendations: (1) That all persons be urged to take a deeper interest in the moral and religious training of their children. Just in proportion as the race advances in character, as the thought of God enters into its life as a controlling factor, will it grow strong and self-respecting, and command respect from others.

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