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Proceedings of the Southern States Convention of Colored Men, held in Columbia, S.C., commencing October 18, ending October 25, 1871.
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And be it further resolved, That the Secretaries and other officers of this Convention receive our thanks for the satisfactory manner in which they have discharged their several duties.
And be it further resolved, That our thanks are hereby tendered to the good citizens of the city of Columbia for their generous hospitality, the kindly remembrances of which we shall preserve as souvenirs from those we love to honor.
And be it further resolved, That we tender our thanks to the Speaker of the House of Representatives of South Carolina, Hon. F. J. Moses, Jr., for his generous action in placing the Hall of said House at the services of said Convention.
Addresses were delivered by Hons. H. G. Worthington, J. J. Wright, P. B. S. Pinchback, R. H. Cain, W. H. Grey, J. H. Rainey and M. H. Turner.
In response to the resolution (by Mr. Grey, of Arkansas,) thanking him for the able and impartial manner in which he had discharged the duties of the Chair,
Hon. A. J. RANSIER, President of the Convention, responded as follows:
He thanked the Convention for the double compliment paid him—first by choosing him for their President, and next, for that vote of thanks extended to him by the Convention under the resolution of his friend from Arkansas, Mr. Grey. The President said the highest compliment that could, in his judgment, be paid to the Convention, was to be found in the Daily Union of yesterday, viz:
“All they ask is, to be allowed to work out their own redemption from the thraldom which encompasses them on almost every side. They ask to be allowed the same privileges which are extended to the laboring classes the world over; to enter the varied fields of industry, and there compete with their fairer skinned brethren, with no odds in their favor; to be allowed to acquire an education for themselves and their posterity, which shall make them useful and efficient members of society.
“In a word, they only ask to be treated like human beings, to be regarded as children of one common parent, who is no respector of persons, but who regardeth all men alike, whether born under the burning sun of the equator, or amid the frozen fields about the Arctic circle.”
He further said that he trusted that the Nation would now understand, (and quoted parts of the address to the American people on this point,) that while they met as a class, they only ask for civil and political equality, claiming no peculiar privileges and organizing against no other class of citizens. We seek, by thus coming together, that perfect organization by and through which our rights and principles may be more perfectly secured, and the Republican party of the country, to the extent of the colored vote, assisted in their onward march towards a more enlightened civilization.
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