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Minutes of the State Convention of the Colored Citizens of Ohio, Convened at Columbus, January 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th, 1850.
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paper in the United States conducted by a colored person, in whose columns it is especially desirable for us to be noticed; and it fails to notice the articles of western colored men. He also said that colored men were becoming cultivated; that they were being educated; that they possessed the germ of a peculiar literature; that they had poets, statesmen, reviewers, printers and philosophers, who could fathom Baconian Philosophy and solve Newtonian Problems; and who should have an outflow--a manifestation of their genius and their talent. He thought the "Christian Herald" was not the colored people's paper, but strictly a Methodist organ. He said the intellectual attainments of the colored people of Ohio, were not inferior to any in the Union.
Dr. C. H. Langston said he did not intend making a speech; but he wished to explain the whole matter, as to the former failures of newspapers. He said that talk would never support a paper. He thought that our people had to many old prejudices and predilections peculiar to slavery, and they were too frequently looking up to the "white man" for every thing.
J. M. Brown remarked, that he thought the gentleman from Cuyahoga, Mr. Langston, had been personal in his remarks concerning the Methodist denomination.
Mr. Nooks said, his feelings had suffered from the remarks made by Mr. Langston, from Cuyahoga.
Dr. C. H. Langston, moved that the resolution be laid on the table, which was carried. Dr. Langston then moved that a committee of three be appointed to devise means for sustaining the lecturers.
The following gentlemen were chosen for the said committee,--viz:
J. L. Watson, C. H. Langston, J. Jackson.
Dr. C. H. Langston then moved that the 12th resolution be taken up again. He explained the reasons why the editors engaged in publishing newspapers for the colored people had failed formerly; he thought if men would use their purses more than their lips, the newspapers "would live."
The resolution was then adopted; a committee of seven being appointed by the convention, to fill up the blank in the resolution, composed of the following gentlemen,--viz:
J. Mercer Langston, W. H. Day, D. Jenkins, C. H. Langston, G. R. Williams, W. H. Burnham, Wm. Copeland
The 13th resolution was taken up, and on a motion for its adoption, an amendment was offered by W. H. Day, to add an address to the voters, and an other to the colored people; which was adopted.
A Committee of five to prepare the addresses, was then appointed by the Convention, consisting of the following gentlemen:
W. P. Morgan, J. N. Stuart, W. H. Day, F. Wilson, J. W. Delany.
The 14th resolution was read. Calls were made for Speakers. W. H. Day was called for, he declined; but repeated calls brought the gentleman to the stand. He referred to the privileges enjoyed by the colored people of Massachusetts, and the manner by which they were gained. He referred to the suffrage question in the State of New York, and also the benevolent action of Gerrit Smith, in making three thousand voters. He thought the privileges of the colored men in New York, were not in so imminent danger as those of Ohio.
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