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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
largely represented in said convention, seek to avoid the real issues underlying the widespread and deep-seated dissatisfaction existing among our people in several of the Southern States ; and,
Whereas it is the sense of this Conference that the object of calling said convention one day in advance of this Conference, was intended to forestall its action on the subject of emigration; therefore
Resolved, That we, the representatives of the colored people of the United States, in National Conference assembled, do hereby deprecate such action, and denounce this wanton refusal to admit facts as they exist in regard to the political proscription, murderous and unjustifiable assaults upon innocent citizens in their midst, whose only offense is that they seek to exercise the rights accorded to them under the laws of our land and country.
Resolved, That we will not, shall not. receive these specious promises as a sufficient guarantee for future protection, but accept them as cunningly devised schemes to stay the present exodus of the colored people, who are seeking in a legitimate and praiseworthy manner to relieve themselves from the wrongs and oppression which have debased their labor,crushed their manhood, and denied them their inalienable and constitutional rights.
Governor Pinchback moved that in order to give the committees time to work, the Conference, when it adjourned, adjourn to meet at 12 m. tomorrow.
This met with a good deal of opposition, C. O. H. Thomas, of Tennessee, insinuating that the motion was made in order to practice some sharp dodge or legerdemain, which would be detrimental to the objects of the convention.
Gov. Pinchback said that the time had come in that convention when forbearance would be a crime.
He was here interrupted by C. O. H. Thomas and others, when he remarked that Thomas had disturbed the proceedings of that meeting more than any twenty men in it, and he did not propose to yield to his interruptions.
Several delegates arose to points and questions of order and information, which rather rasped the Governor, who said, tartly, that one rule did not seem to prevail in that meeting, and that was the rule of gentlemanly courtesy. He had never raised a question of privilege. He had uniformly sat quietly until the gentleman speaking was through, and then arose decently and gentlemanly, and he demanded of the Conference the same courtesy. He did not understand what those things meant. He understood the gentleman from Tennessee ( Mr. Thomas) was pregnant with a speech and was anxious to deliver it. The Governor said he was not there seeking place, but was there to help to do something for his poor downtrodden people . It was necessary to be deliberate about it. Committees were necessary in all deliberative bodies, and the Conference should go slow. It was the duty of the committee to put this report in such a form as the Conference would adopt, and he did not want to see the work half done. If the gentleman (Mr. Thomas) wanted the position on the committee in which the President had
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