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Proceedings of the Convention of the Equal Rights and Educational Association of Georgia : assembled at Macon, October 29th, 1866 : containing the annual address of the president, Captain J.E. Bryant

1866 Macon GA State Convention.22.pdf

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'Peace and Good Will to All Men.' The object of the Association shall be to establish schools and labor to secure for every citizen, without regard to race, descent or color, equal political rights. To secure this object we will labor peaceably, but earnestly.

ART. I-NAME--This Association shall be known as The Georgia Equal Rights and Educational Association.

ART. II--OFFlCERS--The officers of this Association shall be a President, one Vice President from each county, Recording Secretary, Corresponding Secretary, Chaplain, Treasurer, Superintendent of Schools, and such committees as the Association shall elect.

ART. III--ELECTION OF OFFICE--The officers chosen by this Association shall be elected by ballot at the regular meeting in October, and remain in office three years, providing, however that the first election shall take place in January 1866, and the second in October 1868. All officers are to continue in office until their places are filled. Vacancies may be filled at any of the regular meetings.

Each county shall elect the Vice President to which it is entitled. It shall be the duty of the President, or of a Deputy President, to superintend the election in each county.

The President shall commission the Vice Presidents who have been duly elected.

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ART. IV--DUTIES OF OFFICERS--Sec. 1. It shall be the duty of the President to preside at all meetings of the Association and Council. He shall appoint all committees who are not elected by the Association or Council.

He shall appoint as many Deputy Presidents as he may deem necessary who shall perform such duties, not in conflict with the provisions of this Constitution, as the President may direct.

He shall have power to appoint officers to fill all vacancies that may arise and appoint Vice Presidents in counties where none have been elected until an election shall be held.

He shall establish an office and give his personal attention to all matters, that may advance the interest of the Association or the cause which it advocates.

He shall nominate to the Council such officers as they are authorized to elect, and if a person nominated shall be rejected by the Council, it shall be his duty to nominate another person, and continue to nominate until a choice is made.

It shall be his duty to see that all officers of this Association faithfully perform the duties assigned them, and, for bad conduct, he may suspend an officer, providing two·thirds of the Council concur therein.

Whenever he shall think proper to suspend an officer he shall immediately order the officer to deliver to him all books, papers or other property, belonging to the Association, and shall, as soon as practicable, call a meeting of the Council, and if two-thirds of the

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