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Proceedings of the National Conference of Colored Men of the United States, Held in the State Capitol at Nashville Tennessee, May 6, 7, 8 and 9, 1879.
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PROCEEDINGS OF THE
many people here who seem to feel a tickling in their heels. [Immense applause from the galleries, followed by uproarious and prolonged applause.]
Ex-Congressman Rainey, of South Carolina, said he hoped there would be no further manifestations from the galleries, as it was not treating the Conference with proper respect.
Rev. Daniel Wadkins, of Nashville, offered the following:
Inasmuch as many of our people have mistaken the call for a National Conference to be a call for a National Convention, and, acting upon this mistake, have held meetings and elected delegates to meet in Nashville on the 6th of May, 1879 ; and as these persons and delegates have incurred the expense of both time and money in so doing ;
Resolved, That we now invite them to seats in this Conference, to participate in full with those invited by the National Executive Committee.
Resolved, That this invitation he extended to all so elected and sent from other States and Territories and from different counties in this State, hut not to any claiming the right from any meeting held in Davidson county.
No action was taken on the resolutions.
W. F. Yardley, of Tennessee, read the following resolution:
Resolved, That the present officers of the Conference be and they are declared to be the permanent officers of this body.
G. S. W. Lewis, of Alabama, said the delegates should at least have the right to choose their own officers. He seconded the resolution.
Ex-Congressman Rapier, of Alabama, asked, if the temporary officers should be removed, would it not invalidate all the action of the morning?
The Chairman. No.
The previous question was then demanded and the resolution was adopted. This action was loudly applauded.
John D. Lewis, of Philadelphia, moved the appointment of a vice-president from each State.
Several motions to table this resolution were made and were declared out of order. The motion was read as a resolution, and a call for the previous question on its adoption was not sustained.
M. H. Bentley asked what was the object of the resolution.
John D. Lewis said it was simply a matter of honor.
Mr. Bentley said they did not have time for honors. They didn't come here for honor, but for business. He moved to table the resolution.
A vote was then taken on this motion and it was adopted.
A division was called for and 87 voted to table the resolution.
J. H. Burrus briefly eulogized the Jubilee Singers, and moved that they be requested to sing one or two of their songs. This was adopted unanimously, and the Jubilee Singers appeared and were introduced to the Conference amid great applause.
The sung, "Steal A way to Jesus," was rendered in splendid style,
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