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Proceedings of the First Convention of the Colored Citizens of the State of Illinois, Convened at the City of Chicago, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, October 6th, 7th and 8th, 1853.


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XXVI. Resolved, That notwithstanding we are unjustly denied the rights of citizenship in this State, there is no good reason why we should not try to become, in an eminent degree, religious, moral and intellectual men and women, and by this means rebuke our oppressors.

XXVII. Resolved, That wealth and education are the great levers by which we hope to improve ourselves; and we will use all our efforts to obtain these desirable ends.

XXVIII. Resolved, That in all our efforts to elevate and to improve our condition as a people, we invite the co-operation of woman, regarding her, in all moral, as well as in other relations of life, the God-given helpmeet of man; and as mother, wife and sister, she is the natural guardian of education, virtue and good manners.

XXIX. Resolved, That having watched with much diligence and with deep interest the course pursued on all questions affecting the well-being of the free colored people, and the emancipation of the enslaved of this country, by Frederick Douglass during the last twelve years, both as a lecturer and an editor, we are prepared to commend him and the able paper which bears his name to the cordial support of the colored people of Illinois, and of the friends of freedom generally, as the able, persevering and unswerving advocate of all the just rights of man.

XXX. Resolved, That this Convention recommend the "Aliened American," published by William H. Day, at Cleveland, Ohio, to the patronage of the colored people of the State of Illinois.

XXXI. Resolved, That we recognize in Mrs. Harriet Beecher Stowe, the distinguished authoress of "Uncle Tom's Cabin," an able and constant advocate of human rights; and our memories recur with grateful recollections to the perusal of the pages of those soul-stirring works (the "Cabin" and "Key") as an antidote to the thousands of political speeches, ecclesiastical harangues, and penny-a-liner writers of the past and present age, which have struggled so zealously to poison the public mind, and thereby destroy the hopes and aspirations of the colored people of the United States.

XXXII. Resolved, That her efforts to ameliorate the condition of the down-trodden colored freemen of the United States, by aiding in the establishment of an institution or institutions where colored youth can obtain thorough educations, should endear her name to the lovers of free institutions, and to colored people most especially, throughout the world.8

XXXIII. Resolved, That this Convention appoint a Board of nine Trustees, who shall have power to appoint agents, and take full charge of the school fund, and report their proceedings to the next annual Convention.

XXXIV. Resolved, That the thanks of this Convention are hereby tendered to the firm of D. B. Cooke & Co., Publishers and Booksellers, at 135 Lake street, for a gratuitous supply of all stationery used by the Convention.

XXXV. Resolved, That we tender our grateful thanks to the editors of the different journals of the city, for the friendly and favorable manner in which they have noticed this Convention.

XXXVI. Resolved, That the thanks of this Convention are due to the officers of the Convention, for their services, and the gentlemanly and courteous manner of intercourse between them and the Convention.

XXXVII. Resolved, That this Convention tender their sincere thanks to the citizens generally of Chicago, for the interest and attention which they have manifested in this Convention.



Thomas Mason, Augustus Dobbins, W. L. Barnes, } Peoria County

William Smallwood,

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