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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.

1869 National Convention in Washington DC 42.pdf

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and that no distinction should be made on account of race or color. He referred to the course of the people of the Northern States who were afraid or ashamed to go South and teach the colored people, and said such persons were unworthy of notice; and contended that praise was due to those able men and women who had left their homes in the North and gone South to educate the oppressed of that section. The speaker did not approve of establishing negro schools or negro leagues, and spoke at length on the subject of education.

After several dilatory motions, Mr. Charles H. Peters moved to lay the whole matter on the table. The motion was discussed at length and carried.

Governor Boutwell addressed the Convention, and was followed by Hon. Mr. Ashley, of Ohio, and J. W. Alford, superintendent of Freedmen's Schools.

The committee to wait on the Judiciary Committee, through the chairman, Mr. Isaiah C. Weir, of Pennsylvania, made a report, and stated that they had performed their duty, and were received in the most cordial manner. The chairman addressed the committee in an extended speech on the subject of State rights and suffrage, which was listened to with great respect and attention by the very able and distinguished gentlemen composing the Judiciary Committee.

Mr. George T. Downing called the attention of the committee to the fact that there was a discrimination as to the distribution of bounties, based solely on the fact that some of them had been unjustly enslaved because of their color.

The chairman of the Judiciary Committee, in regard to the bounty question, replied that it had best be taken before the Military Committee. In regard to the suffrage question, they assured them that ere long there would be action taken by Congress on the subject.

On motion, of George T. Downing, the address before the Judiciary was ordered printed with the minutes of the Convention.

Mr. Forten, Chairman of the Committee of the organization of an Equal Rights League, reported that, as great dissatisfaction had been expressed in regard to the matter, he had decided to leave it for the further action of the Executive Committee.

Mr. Downing then moved to lay the whole matter on the table, and called for the previous question. The motion was carried amid applause.

The Finance Committee then submitted a report and called upon the Convention for a contribution of $240 to pay further expenses.

Contributions by States were then called for by J. M. Langston, on behalf of the Finance Committee; he laid before the Convention the necessity of placing with that committee, sufficient money to pay the contingent demands, also to pay for publishing the proceedings of the Convention; in response to his appeal, the following contributions and pledges were received:

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