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Proceedings of the Convention of Colored People Held in Dover, Del., January 9, 1873.
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Mr. Segars thought it best not to touch that subject, but to confine the expressions of the Convention more exclusively to education. He thought it might array prejudice against our efforts.
Rev. Harrison Smith thought the Convention should not fail to speak out against whiskey and in favor of Temperance.
Rev. Sol. Cooper thought if the resolution appeared objectionable to our white fellow citizens, or if it was passed, that its passage would offend them, it could be modified so as to relate to the colored people especially.
Daniel P. Hamilton said No, that won't do We have just asked the Legislature to strike out from all laws the word "white," and we cannot now turn around and ask them to put in the word "colored." We want no special legislation, but simply legislation for the people, and whatever others can live under he thought we could too.
Rev. Joshua Brinkley desired to add his testimony in favor of the resolution and of temperance. He saw a statement sometime ago where the colored people, right in this vicinity, right around Dover, had paid $3000 for whiskey. "I wish I had that money for the church."
Finally, the resolution was adopted.
The Committee on Address to the people of the State, report the following, touching mainly upon education, and asking school privileges. The address was received with applause, and after speeches by Messrs. A. R. Henry, L. J. Coppin, and George S. Walker, was unanimously adopted:
Believing in the sovereignty of the people, and also believing that the people are in the main right upon all questions of justice and patriotism, your Committee beg leave to offer the following address to the people without regard to party or politics:
We take it that our people are loyal and patriotic; that they desire the prosperity of the State and cherish with pride the honor of the country; and that they are willing to bow to the necessities of the situation when fairly seen, and with earnest hands to unite in promoting the common weal.
On behalf of the colored people whom we represent, we feel it our duty again to speak. We know this subject is often pushed before the public, but the evils complained of are not remedied; the wrongs are not redressed, and as long as they exist we must continue "in season and out of season," and by every honorable means to enforce our rights.
We specially ask now that equal school rights be afforded us. This we do not ask merely as a matter of right, but as a crying necessity--a necessity without which the future of our race appears almost utterly hopeless. This appeal is not only addressed to the sense of justice, but to the higher sentiments of generosity and christian philanthropy. It is well known that as a people we are not able to sustain schools among ourselves sufficient to well educate our children. To impose upon us specially this burden, is as unfair as unwise.
From our population of over twenty thousand souls, or nearly one
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