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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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prompt and energetic in the acquirement and defense of inalienable rights; and, Whereas we are taxed without representation and deprived without just cause, of enfranchisement, which is the birthright of humanity; and, Whereas, a Convention for amending the Constitution of the State is to be holden during the ensuing year; and believing that, by vigorous and energetic action, we may induce the Convention to alter the constitution in such a manner as to give to all citizens of the State without discrimination, this heaven bestowed and inalienable right; and, Whereas believe that the best way, in which this result may be brought about, is by agitating the public mind in regard to our claims to all rights in common other citizens, and especially to the right. of suffrage; Therefore--

Resolved, 6. That we appoint and support six able and intelligent lecturers, whose duty it shall be to canvass the State forthwith, laying before the people the justice and propriety of securing to us our just and equitable right to vote as do other men according to their wishes and their choice.

Resolved, 7. That we instruct our lecturers to oppose before the electors of the State, the proposition to submit in a separate clause, the elective franchise, to the consideration and disposal of the people; unless as a last trial for the right we claim.

Resolved, 8. That the lecturers be employed until the Constitutional Convention be nominated and elected.

Resolved, 9. That a committee of three be appointed to consider and lay before the Convention a plan whereby the charges and expenses of the lecturers may be settled and defrayed.

Resolved, 10. That the Convention select a Speaker to address the Constitutional Convention touching the interests and claims of the colored people of the State.

Resolved, 11. That we deem the elective franchise and its associate privileges, of the highest importance to our happiness, and future prosperity: and our lawful birthright under the established principles of freedom, which are the true foundation of law in our common country, and that we will cordially cooperate in such systematic counsel and action as shall be deemed best suited to their attainment and full enjoyment.

Resolved, 12. That the Convention appoint a committee of seven to consider the propriety of establishing a paper devoted to the interests and claims of the colored people of the State, and that said committee, if they see fit, suggest a plan for its establishment and support.

Resolved, 13. That the Convention appoint a committee of five to addresses to the voters and colored people of the State.

Whereas, there is no object so dear to a freeman as the right of suffrage, and that no man can be free without it; therefore,

Resolved, 14. That this Convention will make that the permanent object of their deliberations, and that they will show to the people of Ohio they are capable of appreciating and sustaining that right.

Resolved, 15. That there be appointed by this Convention one man in every county to take the number of voters in his county, to make arrangements for public meetings, and to see that a fair tax is laid upon and paid by the people for the support of delegates to their Conventions; and that it be recommended to every community that they do what they can to make it obligatory upon every person who votes for a delegate, to help defray his expenses.

Resolved, 16. That the delegates be instructed to urge upon the people in their respective counties the propriety and necessity of forming auxiliaries to the Colored American League of this State; that, by that means they may secure a union politically and socially, among the oppressed of the State;

Resolved, 17. That the Convention recommend to our people not to employ incompetent teachers, nor such as cannot bear examination as district school teachers, nor such as do not sustain a good moral character.

Resolved, 18. That the merits of the letter of L. W. Miner to J. Mercer Langston, be considered by this Convention.

Resolved, 19. That a committee of one be appointed to confer with our friends in regard to obtaining the House of Representatives, in which to hold our Anti-Slavery meeting; and further, that D. Jenkins, Esq., constitute said committee.

Resolved, 20. That we recommend to our brethren throughout the State the adoption of some plan by which to communicate with each other, and thus

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