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Report of the Business Committee of the Colored People's State Convention, held at Columbus, Ohio, August, 1843.


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In defiance of the gross ignorance which is so prevalent among us, the deprivations under which we labor in reference to educational advantages, the almost impossibility of our becoming an industrious and useful people unless the obstacles are removed; yet our fixed and eternal determination to use every effort in our power to become an intelligent and honorable people.

4. Whereas we the colored people of Ohio, by the existing laws of this state are deprived of all participation in the rights and immunities of the free and public schools, a right so emphatically secured to us by the constitution of the state; which deprivation is not only a gross violation of that instrument but is at variance with the great principles laid down by the Founder of our holy religion, "Do unto others as ye would have them do unto you:" Therefore, be it

Resolved, That we recommend to our brethren throughout the state to encourage the principles of education among us by every means in their power, notwithstanding our disfranchisement.

5. Whereas we as a class have pursued a contrary course to elevate our people in the scale of moral and intellectual being, by confining our sphere alone to ourselves by making caste and sect a principle in our rule of action: Therefore, be it

Resolved, That we recommend to our people the propriety of so acting, as not to give color to any pretentions that we consider ourselves a seperate class of people; but that we are ready and willing to meet our friends and enemies independent of caste or sect on the great platform of equality.


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