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Proceedings of the Second Annual Convention of the Colored Citizens of the State of California, Held in the City of Sacramento, Dec. 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th, 1856.
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having done our duty to God, to ourselves, and to our fellow men, and though we feel this self-congratulation, let it be remembered that without diligence and constant effort, the great measures we have matured will be futile in their operations. I would urge each one of you to consult and instruct our less favored brothers, both colored and white, remove their prejudices in regard to our true condition, induce our colored brethren to cease prattling about being the equals of our oppressors, until they present the mental, pecuniary, and other necessary evidence of being such. Converse with our ignorant white brethren, those who despise the poor negro because he is a negro, and convince them that their social condition and ours are alike degraded, and whatever political measures afflict us, are none the less severe upon them. Reason and argue with those who hold power within their fingers upon the injustice with which we are treated, Convince them of our capabilities in a moral and social point of view. Revert their minds back to the days of childhood when neither knew any difference, neither felt any compunctions, but when each heart mingled its grateful emotions in the reciprocity of innocent amusement. Arouse their sympathies in our behalf, because none know us so well as they do. Appeal to their magnanimity and to their adoration of country, and discover if they are content in the enjoyment of their greatness by compelling us, the equal participators of their troubles, to bear the yoke of servitude. Let us be united in acquiring knowledge and wealth; educate your children for farmers, mechanics, and other industrial pursuits; instill within them the glowing pride of their avocations, and the meanness of menial callings. Teach them to look upwards, onwards, and beyond the obeyance of degraded conditions, and by the time we again assemble here in Convention, we shall behold results cheering to our ambition, and security to our rights.
Mr. Hall's speech was frequently interrupted with applause.
Mr. J. B. Johnson introduced resolution No. 34, which was adopted.
Resolved, That the thanks of this Convention be tendered to the Vice Presidents, Secretaries, Chaplain, and other officers of the Convention for the prompt and faithful discharge of their respective duties. Mr. Smith of Tuolumne said--As one of the Vice Presidents, he begged to return his thanks to the gentlemen of the Convention; he felt it to be an honor that he had been appointed to that office.
Mr. Thomas made a motion that Mr. J. Howard be now allowed to read a portion of his address, Mr. Newby opposed, on the ground that it was too late. The question was taken on Mr. Thomas' motion, and it was lost,
F. G. Barbadoes, Chairman of the Finance Committee reported the amount raised for the expenses of the Convention. Report adopted on the motion of Mr. Ferguson.
A vote of thanks was tendered the Choir of the church, and a collection taken up for the benefit of the Church. The Choir sang an Anthem, and benediction being pronounced, the Convention adjourned, sine die.
J. B. Sanderson,
F. J. Vosburgh,
S. Howard, } Secy's
OFFICERS OF THE CONVENTION
W. H. HALL.
B. B. YOUNG, H. F. SMITH, F. G. BARBADOES, THOS. DUFF, W. H. NEWBY.
J. B. SANDERSON, F. J. VOSBURGH, S. HOWARD.
J. B. SANDERSON, F. G. BARBADOES, M. S. HAYES, THOS, DETTER
E. P. DUPLEX, G. R. SYMES.
B. B. YOUNG.
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