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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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and wherever assailed. However fairly the organs of the white people may be disposed to act, still their natural prejudices will invariably tinge their reports with injustice. No one can speak for us so satisfactorily as we can speak for ourselves. By a system of well-conducted papers we will be brought in close communion with one another, and in this way greatly promote race unity.
Our talented persons will find a channel through which their best thoughts may flow. Our communities can be educated by a proper sense of appreciation of our own workmen. Our rights can be asserted and demanded, not by persons actuated only by a sense of right, but by those who are the sufferers and speak from experience. Intelligence begets independence, and as we become a reading people we should be well supplied with such papers as present the dark side of current questions, as well as the bright side, to the end that our independence be judicious and reasonable.
In consideration of these and other advantages, we earnestly desire to present this matter to every colored person, with the hope that it will be viewed in the light of its great necessity. We appeal to every one of the race to select some good, responsible colored journal, and give it cheerful financial support. Do not magnify failings nor impugn its honest motives, but judge it with that leniency deservedly due to apprenticeship in every branch of industry.
By the united support of the race our journals will become paying institution; their editors will be enabled to render better service; the rights of the people will be better protected, and the general intelligence faithfully reflected through their columns will command universal respect, and will tend in a great degree to that place among other races that only true merit can win.
By Committee on Press:
Whereas the press of any nation is a true exponent of its mental and moral worth;
Whereas the progress of the colored people will be greatly facilitated and exemplified by intelligent, well-sustained colored journals;
Resolved, That we consider ourselves in duty bound, and hereby urge every colored person to give hearty support to the maintenance of an enlightened colored press.
By ex -Congressman Rainey, South Carolina:
Resolved, That the secretaries of this Conference be, and are hereby, authorized to compile the minutes of our proceedings, and publish the same in pamphlet form.
By J. W. Wilson, Missouri :
Resolved, That the colored press should take a decided stand for free, unrestricted and equal school privileges for colored children, and in localities where separate schools only are supported it should use every exertion to have only colored teachers employed in the colored schools.
By Ferdinand L. Barnett, Illinois:
Whereas the custom of spelling the word "Negro" without a capital letter is apparently the outgrowth of prejudice against that race;
Resolved, That we call attention to the error, and request the American Press to correct the same.
Respectfully submitted, F. L. Barnett, Illinois; W. F. Anderson, Tennessee; David Wilson, Mississippi; Bishop Wm. H. Miles, Kentucky; J as. D. Kennedy, Louisiana
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