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Proceedings of the Colored Men's Convention of the State of Michigan, Held in the City of Detroit ,Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 12th and 13th, '65, with Accompanying Documents. Also, the Constitution of the Equal Rights League of the State of Michigan.

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200 BLACK STATE CONVENTIONS

3d. Vice President -- James Richards, of Detroit.

4th Vice President--Geo. Nichols, Kalamazoo.

Secretary--B. Dolbeare Paul, of Detroit.

1st Assistant Secretary--J. J. Evans, Battle Creek.

2d Assistant Secretary--C. H. Gillam, of Detroit.

The chairman, having been escorted to the. chair, made an appropriate speech, thanking the Convention for the honor conferred upon him.

On motion of Mr. Roberts, of Adrian, a vote of thanks was accorded the retiring temporary officers, for the able manner in which they had conducted the business before the Convention, and the Convention adjourned to meet at 3 o'clock.

Afternoon Session, September 12th, 1865, 3 o'clock.

The Convention re-assembled at 3 o'clock. Roll called, a quorum present. Religious services were conducted by Rev. Mr. McIntosh, of the African Methodist Episcopal church. Minutes of morning session read and adopted.

Mr. Lewis, of Hudson, from the Committee on Rules, presented the following Report on Rules, which was, on motion, adopted.

Report on Rules

1st. There shall be three sessions of the convention daily. The convention shall meet at 9 o'clock A.M., and adjourn at 12 o'clock, M. The afternoon session of the convention shall meet at 3 o'clock, P.M., and adjourn at 5 o'clock, P.M.

2d. The majority of the members of the convention shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business at either of its sessions.

3d. The rules of order as laid down in Channing's Manual shall be the standing rules of order of this convention in all points not herein provided for.

4th. No member shall be allowed to speak more than twice upon the same, subject without special leave of the convention, and not longer than ten minutes each time.

Mr. Lewis, of Adrian, moved that Mr. Rice be relieved from the Finance Committee. Carried.

On motion of Mr. Prichard, of Ypsilanti, Mr. Washington, was elected to fill to the vacancy. Mr. Hackley, of Hacomb Co., was on motion of Mr. Henry, added to the committee.

Rev. Mr. HcIntosh, having been requested to address the convention, declined making a speech, but stated that he desired to sit near the Secretary's stand, so that he might report the proceedings of the convention to the paper which he represented, the Christian Recorder.

The President called upon Mrs. M. A. Shadd Cary.1 Mrs. Cary said she declined making a speech, but she would say, that so far as the object contemplated was concerned, she heartily desired to see it accomplished.

While the Business Committee were absent the Convention were entertained with very fine music by Miss Sherman, of Marshall, Miss Hattie Berry and Miss Josephine Warren, assisted by Messrs. Russell and Warren, of Cleveland.

Mr. Lewis, from the Business Committee, reported the following

Declaration of Sentiments

Whereas, For reasons to be hereinafter stated, we deem it expedient that the Equal Rights League of Colored People, established in January, the 25th, 1865, should be dissolved, and an association formed, to be known as the "Equal Rights League of Michigan," for reasons set forth in the following circular, issued August, A.D., 1865.

CIRCULAR

To The People of Color of the State of Michigan:

The State Equal Rights League, organized under and by virtue of the constitution of the National Equal Rights League, by the people, through their

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