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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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Whereas both the members of this Conference and the citizens at large are anxious to have a more direct knowledge of the educational, social, financial and political condition of our people ; therefore

Resolved, That one or more members of each delegation from the Southern States be requested and allowed ten minutes for the purpose of deliberating upon the above subjects; and, further, that a designated hour be agreed upon for the above consideration.

By R. R. Wright, of Georgia:

Resolved, That it is the sense of this Conference that we highly appreciate and commend the action of Senator Windom and others who are striving to systematize the exodus of our despairing brethren from the oppressing South.

Resolved, That we hold in grateful remembrance the generous and liberal response of a portion of the country toward relieving our distressed and fleeing countrymen.

By W. A. Pledger:

Whereas matters pertinent to the colored race may arise that may necessitate the calling of a convention or conference unless otherwise provided for; therefore

Resolved, That an executive committee, composed of one delegate from each State, be appointed by the Chair.

Resolved, That the chairman of this convention be the chairman of that committee.

Referred to the Committee on Permanent Organization.

By Samuel Lowery, of Alabama: A resolution in reference to extending a welcome address to Gen. U. S. Grant. Referred.

By Rev. P. C. Murphy, of Alabama:

Whereas the various courts of the Southern States have denied the colored man the right of sitting on juries where civil and political acts are involved ; therefore

Resolved, That we, in National Conference assembled, do feel aggrieved as citizens of the United States of America, and ask that something be done.


By M. H. Bentley, of Georgia:

Resolved, That before taking final steps towards emigration, we ask for and demand our political rights in the South.

Resolved further, That in States where there are eight or nine Congressmen, we claim a representative of two of the ; where there are three or four districts, we claim one, and in that proportion throughout the Southern States.

Resolved, That the various districts now represented by white members take in rotation, each in turn, for colored representation.


By John J. Bird, of Illinois:

Whereas the late Labor Convention, held in Vicksburg, did, among other things, set forth the following, to wit: " The apprehension on the part of many colored people, produced by insidious reports circulated among them, that their civil and political rights are endangered, or likely to be ;" and

Whereas said declaration does, as is common among the class of men

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