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Proceedings of the National Convention of the Colored Men of America: held in Washington, D.C., on January 13, 14, 15, and 16, 1869.
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appeal, by protest, and by what votes we have, until justice be done. The right secured of voting, irrespective of color, will necessarily restore to us other rights of which we are now deprived. We, therefore, cordially and respectfully invite you, from the East, the West, the North and the South, to meet in Washington, by Delegates, on the day specified, to consult upon the issues at present affecting us. Justice to ourselves can be no injustice to any.
By order of the "Border State Convention."
WM. NESBIT, President,
JAMES H. A. JOHNSON,
GEO. G. COLLINS, Princeton, N. J. } Secretaries.
Baltimore, Md., October 1868.
After reading the Call, Mr. Nesbit moved that Hon. H. M. Turner, of Georgia, be elected temporary Chairman.
Mr. A. Ward Handy, of Maryland, nominated Rev. H. H. Garnett, of Pennsylvania, for Chairman.
J. M. Langston, of Ohio, moved that, out of respect for our Southern brethren, who are so ardently laboring in this cause, the election of Mr. Turner, be made unanimous.
Mr. Garnett, of Pennsylvania, and Mr. Day, of Delaware, favored the motion of Mr. Langston.
After some slight opposition, the motion of Mr. Nesbit, as amended by Mr. Langston, was unanimously adopted.
Mr. Turner, upon taking the Chair, called on Bishop J. P. Campbell, of Pennsylvania, who offered a most earnest and feeling prayer for the success and advancement of those great principles, the promotion and furtherance of which, has caused our assembling together from nearly every State in this great and growing Republic. He asked the blessing of God to attend our deliberations, so that they might eventually result in lasting and significant benefit to our race.
Mr. Turner said, he felt it to be a high compliment that had been paid through him to the earnest and patriotic efforts of his constituents in the great work of reconstruction and universal suffrage. It is the duty of this body to improve their present opportunity to act promptly, and with decision and firmness in striving to strike down the spirit of caste in this country. Congress and the whole country were looking on us, and he hoped the convention would so act, as to make themselves respected before the country and the world. He did not intend to make a speech. It was now the time for action, and as a first step in that direction, he asked the further pleasure of the Convention.
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