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Proceedings of the Colored Convention of the State of Kansas, Held at Leavenworth, October 13th, 14th, 15th, and 16th, 1863
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In answer to a call issued by the colored citizens of Leavenworth, a Delegated Convention of the colored citizens of Kansas met in the city of Leavenworth, on the 13th of October, and continued in session until the 16th.
At 3 o'clock, P.M., on Tuesday the 13th, the Convention convened in the A.M.E. Church, and was called to order by Mr. J. W. Scott, Chairman of the Committee of Arrangements; and on motion of J. H. Morris, W. H. Burnham was appointed temporary Chairman, and J. W. Scott temporary Secretary.
On motion, the President appointed Morris, Overton, Menser, Twine and Newton, as a Committee on Permanent Organization.
The Committee, after a brief absence, reported as follows:
For President--Rev. John Turner. Vice Presidents--N. Johnson, of Atchison; E. C. Menser of Wyandotte; J. Montgomery, of Lynn, and Thomas Newton, of Leavenworth.
For Secretaries--W. H. Burnham and J. W. Scott, of Leavenworth. For Chaplain--Jesse Henderson, of Leavenworth.
On motion, the Report of the Committee was adopted, and the several nominees declared the officers of the Convention.
The President, on taking the chair, addressed the Convention as follows:
Gentlemen of the Convention:
I thank you for the honor you have just conferred on me, though diffident of my ability to properly discharge the responsible duties that will devolve [. . .]discharge of my duty as a presiding officer, I hope that you will make proper allowances for the difficulties of my position, and not judge me too harshly.
Gentlemen, I am glad to see you here. The times are big with events deeply concerning us. Whilst thankful to Providence for the good He is doing for us through the instrumentality of men, yet it does not follow, because so much is being done for us, that we can do nothing for ourselves.
I have no doubt that this war will eventuate in the freedom of every black man in the country. Freedom from Chains and the Lash. But alas! Gentlemen, slavery leaves its sting behind it in ignorance, and its attendant vices,--hateful progeny of the great monster called slavery.
It is for men who, like you, stand forth the representatives of their race, to wage war against the evil heritage that slavery has left us. If we would be great, we must be good. "Righteousness exalts a nation, whilst sin is a reproach to any people."
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