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Minutes of the State Convention, of the Colored Citizens of the State of Michigan, Held in the City of Detroit on the 26th and 27th of October, 1843 for the Purpose of Considering Their Moral & Political Condition, as Citizens of the State.
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MINUTES OF THE STATE CONVENTION, OF THE COLORED CITIZENS OF THE STATE OF MICHIGAN, HELD IN THE CITY OF DETROIT ON THE 26th & 27th OF OCTOBER, 1843, FOR THE PURPOSE OF CONSIDERING THEIR MORAL & POLITICAL CONDITION, AS CITIZENS OF THE STATE
At a Public Mass Meeting, held in the city of Detroit, on the 19th of September, 1843, (Mr. Henry Jackson, chairman, and O. P. Hoyt, secretary,) for the purpose of considering the propriety of holding a State Convention of the oppressed citizens of this State; after mature deliberation, it was resolved, that a Convention of the Colored Citizens of the State of Michigan, be held in the city of Detroit, to commence its sessions on the 26th day of October next, at 10 o'clock, A.M. On motion, the following individuals were appointed a committee to prepare and issue the Call for a State Convention, viz.:--
Messrs. Wm. Lambert, Wm. C. Monroe, Henry Jackson, F. Delany, and O.P. Hoyt.
Dear Brethren:--Believing the time has come to be united in sentiment and action, and to speak out in our own defence upon the great cause of Human Liberty and Equal Rights: we call upon you to co-operate with us in this important movement that we are about to make. For as we are an oppressed people wishing to be free, we must evidently follow the examples of the oppressed nations that have preceded us: for history informs us that the liberties of an oppressed people are obtained only in proportion to their own exertions in their own cause. Therefore, in accordance with this truth, let us come up, and, like the oppressed people of England, Ireland and Scotland, band ourselves together and wage unceasing war against the high-handed wrongs of the hideous monster Tyranny. Come up, brethren, and rally under the banner of Freedom; for since our late National Convention, a new and a bright star has made its appearance in our dark horizon, and has attracted the attention of our oppressors, and caused many to cry out, Go on, thou genius of Liberty, go on! The friends of liberty throughout the civilized world has hailed it, and now stand cheering us to go on. Then, brethren, shall we not meet together, and consult how we may better our condition? Shall we not infuse into the minds of our young men, and posterity, a disposition to be free, and leave their present low and degraded employment, and endeavor to obtain mechanic arts, and follow agricultural pursuits? Shall we not meet together and endeavor to promote the cause of Education, Temperance, Industry, and Morality among our people; and by our correct, upright and manly stand in the defence of our liberties, prove to our oppressors, and the world, that we are determined to be free?
Yes! yes! let us assemble--let us come together, and pledge ourselves in the name of God and bleeding humanity and posterity, to organize, organize and organize, until the green-eyed monster Tyranny, shall be trampled under the
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