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Proceedings of the Colored national convention, held in Rochester, July 6th, 7th, and 8th, 1853.
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Resolved, That in recognizing the power of the press, and the vast influence it exerts in making apparent the spirit and character of a people, we are happy in congratulating ourselves upon the fact that in Frederick Douglass Paper we possess a correct exponent of the condition of our people, as well as an able, firm, and faithful advocate of their interests, and that, consequently, we cheerfully recommend it as worthy of our hearty and untiring support.
Resolved, That we welcome the newspaper recently established in Cleveland, Ohio, edited by William H. Day, as a powerful auxiliary to our cause and as an efficient lever for promoting our elevation; and that we pledge it that hearty support which its importance.
Whereas, It is not generally known to the colored citizens and others that there is, in the city of Alleghany, Pa, an institution of learning—a regularly incorporated college for the education of colored youth and others; therefore,
Resolved, That this Convention will give publicity to that institution by publishing, among the proceedings of this body, a notice of its existence.
Resolved, That a committee of one from each State represented be appointed to report an especial address to the Free People of Color of the United States; and also, that we recommend the next "National Convention" to be holden within two years, at some suitable place, which may hereafter be agreed upon.
Resolved, That the Colored People of the United States gratefully appreciate the services of the pioneer of the doctrine of universal, unconditional, and immediate emancipation, William Lloyd Garrison, and his noble co-adjutors, eliciting, as they do, our undying affection; and when we forget them, may our tongues cleave to the roof of our mouths, and our right hands forget their cunning.
Resolved, That we recommend the parents and guardians of colored children to avail themselves of every opportunity for their ingress to those schools and academies wherein there is no proscription of race or color.
Resolved. That we recognize in "Uncle Toms Cabin" a work plainly marked by the finger of God, lifting the veil of separation which has too long divided the sympathies of one class of the American people from another; and that we feel and know that such sympathies once awake, and flowing in the proper human direction, must be the first step in that happy human brotherhood which is to be the ultimate destiny and crowning glory of our race.
Resolved, That we, as American citizens, are entitled to the right of elective franchise, in common with the white men of this country; and whenever any of our people have the use of that privilege, it is their duty to vote and vote only for such men, irrespective of party, as are known to be opposed to slavery and the Fugitive Slave Law.
Resolved, That the secrataries, in conjunction with Frederick Douglass, be appointed a Committee on Publication.
[The following resolutions have direct bearing upon the plan of organization, and in the report should be placed immediately after it;]
Resolved, That the Council shall be delegated to select its various committees,
Resolved, That the Council have power to offer a premium for prize essays on different subjects agreed on by the Council.
Resolved, That the said Council shall hear and grant petitions, and be governed by the rules of legislative bodies, and their decisions shall be final. Resolved, That any State applying for admission into this Union, shall be admitted on such terms as be agreed upon.
Resolved, That in establishing a National Council for our own special improvement, and a Manual Labor School for the education of our children in science, literature, and mechanical arts, this Convention do this, not to build ourselves up as a distinct and separate class in this country, but as a means to a great end, viz: the equality in political rights, and in civil and social privileges with the rest of the American people.
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