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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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deemed necessary in locating these colonies in the various States, in order that they may make a good living and educate their children.

Resolved, That this Conference should take steps by appointing one man from each State, whose duty it shall be to call a national convention of the Republicans, the convention to meet in Cincinnati, to take under consideration their political rights, and any other business they may deem proper.

The resolutions were referred.

W. A. Pledger offered a resolution providing that all resolutions relating to migration be first referred to the Southern delegates.


J. Henri Burch asked if merely reading a resolution constituted a reference.

The Chair stated that the resolution had been referred at the request of the introducer.

Mr. Pledger said his resolution had been jeered at. He would be with them on any resolution which might hereafter be introduced.

W. H. Anderson, of Indiana, said he meant no reflection on any one.

Colonel Lewis, of Louisiana, suggested that the apologies of both parties be accepted.

G. S. W. Lewis offered the following, which was referred:

Resolved, That the action of the railroad conductors, in forcibly ejecting the ladies of the Jubilee Singers from the ladies' car, merits our undivided condemnation:

John D. Lewis, of Pennsylvania, from the Committee on the Order of Business, made the following report, which was adopted:

The Committee on Order of Business beg leave to submit the following:

1. They recommend that the Conference meet daily at 9 a. m., and remain in session until 12 p. m. The Conference to take a recess until 2 p. m., when it will remain in session until 5 p. m.

2. The morning session to be opened with prayer.

3. Reading of minutes.

4. Report of committees.

5. New business.

6. Reading of papers.

7. Discussion on said papers.

We recommend the appointment of the following-named committees, to consist of five members each:

1. Migration.

2. Education and Labor.

3. Permanent Organization.

4. Resolutions.

5. The Colored Press.

6. Address and Resolutions.

The resolution referred to your committee to appoint a committee on rules has been duly considered, and we recommend that " Cushing's Manual" be adopted as the guide for the government of this body. Your committee further recommend that debate on all questions brought before this Conference, except the subject of migration, be limited to seven

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