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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 47.pdf

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heroes that sleep beneath the turf of a thousand battle-fields; in the name of the immortal martyr, Lincoln, and true republicanism; under these circumstances, my intrusion as a home member of your body, will no doubt find indulgence.

But while you are here, gentlemen, for the sublime object just alluded to, there are other vital questions underlying our successful movements to our true destiny, which involve self-duties;—such questions as the general development of Education, Morality and Wealth. These three great fundamentals, upon which the whites have arisen to such a high degree of social eminence, and upon which we must build our social superstructure, to be their equals. Permit me Mr. President and gentlemen, to put the query, may we not look to this intelligent body for a practical solution of the most hopeful methods, at least, of developing education and wealth among us, so essential to social eminence. May we not look to this body for the discussion and maturing of educational measures, addressed to the Government and ourselves. No source of appeal would be more respected by the Government, general or local, than a voice from this body backed up by its constituents. And no judgment would be more respected by our people than the judgment of this body on the subjects of education, or the subject of acquiring living comforts and conveniences.

Permit me, also, to enquire, may not this Convention with great propriety and effect, discuss the claims these interests have upon the clergy?

In conclusion, gentlemen, let me assure you that my feeble abilities shall never be wanting in rendering such service as I am capable, in co-operation in the application of any measure adopted by you for our common improvement, that may be compatible with my profession or standing.

Yours for Humanity,


Bishop of A. M. E. Z. Church.

Mr. D.D. Turner, of the Committee on Military Affairs. submitted a report recommending to Congress the passage of a bill for the payment of bounties to colored soldiers.

On motion, the report was received.

On motion, Mr. Clark, of Iowa, the Military Committee were authorized to submit their report to the Publishing Committee after receiving an answer from the Congressional Committee on Military Affairs.

Mr. J. M. Langston made a motion that a committee of nine be appointed to wait on General Grant and Schuyler Colfax to tender them the congratulations of the Convention and of the Colored people of this country, on their election as President and Vice-President of the United States. Adopted.

The following committee was announced:








H. M. TURNER, and


A vote of thanks was then tendered the CHRONICLE and other papers of the District for their favorable reports of the Convention, and also to the officers of

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