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Proceedings of the State Colored Educational Convention Held at Frankfort, Kentucky, August 22, 1877

1877KY-State-Education-Frankfort_Proceedings (8).pdf

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STATE COLORED EDUCATIONAL CONVENTION 7

Connected as I am with the educational interests of the colored children of the metropolis of our State, in which the facilities for acquiring an education are so excellent, and which reflect a halo of unfading glory upon the heads of the members of the Board of School Trustees, the Board of Visitors, and the good citizens of Louisville generally, it may be that l am a little too sanguine in the hopes which I entertain for the future. God forbid! I know that the colored children in the rural and sparsely inhabited districts labor under disadvantages to which the children in our cities are strangers, disadvantages which I believe will ere long be removed. The history of the ages that are past has begun to convince the nations of the earth that to make liberal provisions for the education of the people is national economy instead of political extravagance; and never in the world's history has the cause of general education been espoused so universally as at the present time.

The States of our Union have caught the spirit and are making liberal appropriation; and whenever the citizens of the rural districts are convinced that all the better interests of the community will be subserved by educating the children of that community, they will cheerfully vote for the local taxation necessary for the maintenance of their public schools.

It seems to be an opinion of some of our people that, as the property of the country school districts is owned chiefly by the white citizens they will not consent to be taxed for the purpose of providing funds for the liberal education of the colored children. Such is certainly not true of the city of Louisville, and I believe that there are good men—warm-hearted, philanthropic men—in every school district in the State, who need only to be convinced that the colored people of these districts will rightly appreciate and fully improve the opportunities of an education, in order to secure their consent that such opportunity shall be afforded. There are those in Louisville who once bitterly opposed the appropriation for the colored schools of that city, but who, having witnessed the progress the children have made, are now numbered among our warmest friends; and so it will be wherever the experiment is tried. And an association of the most intelligent colored citizens of the State, organized in the interest of educational work among our people, and known as

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