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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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23

NATIONAL CONFERENCE.

Whereas the purpose of dealing with this question as colored men and from a national standpoint ;

Resolved, That the Committee on Emigration, when appointed, be requested to take under consideration, and report back to this Convention, the following subjects pertaining to said exodus:

1. What are the causes that have given rise to the exodus movement among the colored people?

2. If there is any truth in the report that the scheme was gotten up to irate the North against the South?

3. What are the remedies to be pursued to stop the movement? Would the colored people accept concessions if made to them ; and, if so, of what nature?

4. Are the colored people pursuing the wisest course of migration?

5. How is this movement likely to affect the two political parties in their respective States and nationally?

6. Any other observations that may occur to the committee.

By T. W. Lott:

Whereas there is an unsettled state of affairs in the Southern States, resulting in the exodus of a large number of colored people from that section of the country ; and

Whereas this state of unrest is pervading the entire colored community, creating almost uncontrollable anxiety on their part as to the final result ; and

Whereas it is not the desire of the people, nor the sense of this Conference that the migration of said people continue without an adequate cause to the evident and irreparable loss to both the colored and the white ; and

Whereas it is expected that this Conference take into serious consideration this matter in all its various aspects ; be it therefore

Resolved, That it is due to the colored race, especially to those of our suffering brethren of the South, that this body do give a dispassionate, searching, and positive expression as to the existing causes, whether political or otherwise, with a view to the incitement of a more earnest endeavor looking to their removal and immediate restoration to confidence and prosperity in said States, and that, should said causes be traced to the unjust discrimination toward the colored man on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude as to the real, proper, and unmistakable source, that we, in the name of the oppressed race of which this body is a part, deprecate in unmeasured terms, as shocking to the highest sensibilities of an enlightened civilization, such discrimination, being an unmerited return for the noble achievements of the Negro, the blessings of which the white race are the favored recipients.

Resolved, That in the discussion of this momentous and all-absorbing question we indulge in no language which justly and impartially interpreted will cast any reflection upon the white man or reflect discredit upon this body.

By C. O. H. Thomas:

Resolved, That this Conference of representative colored men of the United States of America are pledged by the sacred bond of kindred blood and of a common humanity, to devote their best efforts for the establishment of civil and political rights;

Resolved, That the rights of the freedmen are inseparable from the condition of freedom. Therefore, being free and invested with that potent talisman of liberty, the ballot, which will enable us to maintain our rights, we here declare that we wish to possess and exercise, as prudent, law-abiding citizens, all the rights possessed in common by other

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