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Proceedings of the State Colored Educational Convention Held at Frankfort, Kentucky, August 22, 1877
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8 PROCEEDINGS OF THE
an educational association, will constitute a power that will wield an influence in molding public sentiment in our favor, and develop a faith on the part of the white population which will create that conviction of which I have spoken--a conviction whose fruits will soon be seen in the erection of comfortable school-houses for the education of colored children in every district wherein they are found; and because of my faith in this as a final result, I have come hither to-day for the purpose of contributing what influence my presence might give, and what force my words might have in effecting the organization of any association, such as was contemplated in the call of our honorable State Superintendent of Public Instruction. While I regret that there are no more present, I am pleased to have met so many of my fellow-laborers, who manifest by their presence, and who will doubtless manifest by their words, that they are in sympathy with the cause we advocate. We should not be discouraged if our beginning is small; such is the law of development in all organic life. The mighty oak was an acorn once. The mayflower once cradled the republic, but now contemplates its teeming million! And as I turn my ear to catch the sound of faith's whisperings of the future, "I hear the tread of millions yet to come." And so will our Association increase in number and interest in proportion to our endeavors to make it worthy of growth and patronage.
Besides the good which this Association, if organized, may accomplish in the way of disseminating the seeds of knowledge in localities hitherto untouched by the teacher's hand, it will have a tendency to increase the stores of our own knowledge, and make us more efficient in dressing the vines of our several vineyards; for it matters not how much one may know, if he would present to his pupils food adapted to the growth of mind, he must present it while it is fresh and sweet to the mental taste, and to do this, he must needs himself to draw fresh supplies from those streams of living truths which flow all over the broad fields of science. To meet together and discuss questions of science and art bearing directly upon the success of the work in which we are engaged will increase in us a hungering and thirsting after more knowledge; for we never so sensibly feel our want of knowledge as when we are called upon to enlighten
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