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Proceedings of a Convention of Colored Citizens: Held in the City of Lawrence, October 17, 1866

1866 Lawrence KS State Convention.11.pdf

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to redress our wrongs, and to grant us our just rights, is vested in you. You, for the present, must determine our destiny. We are among you. Here we must remain. Shall our presence conduce to the welfare, peace, and prosperity of the State, or be the cause of dissension, discord, and irritation. We must be a constant trouble in the State until it extends to us equal and exact justice.

Then place justice and equality in your Constitution and laws—in your halls of legislation, in your schools and colleges. Let equality of rights be the foundation of your institutions. Let the rich and the poor, the black and the white, the learned and the ignorant, stand on the broad platform of legal equality. "Then strife and discord will cease, peace will be placed upon an enduring foundation; and our people, now divided and hostile, will dwell together in unity and power."

C. H. LANGSTON, Chairman.

Lieut. WM. D. MATTHEWS.

JOHN BUTLER.

DANIEL STONE.

T. J. BASKERVILLE.

The Financial Committee reported, that the proceeds of the Festival would be sufficient to defray the expenses of the Convention, which the Committee on Festival agreed to do.

The State Executive Committee were appointed as follows:

C. H . LANGSTON, Leavenworth Co.; WILLIAM D. MATTHEWS, Leavenworth Co.; H. H. THOMAS, Leavenworth Co.; EDWARD HILL, Douglas Co.; H. C HAYDEN, Douglas Co.; FULLER CARTER, Franklin Co.; WILLIAM JOHNSON, Miami Co.; Rev. HENRY JENERALS, Wyandotte Co.; Rev. NATHAN DUFFIN, Anderson Co.

RESOLVED, That the Convention adjourn to meet in Topeka on the third Wednesday of January, 1867.

Three hearty cheers were then given for Universal Suffrage.

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