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Proceedings of the State Colored Educational Convention Held at Frankfort, Kentucky, August 22, 1877
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STATE COLORED EDUCATIONAL CONVENTION.
others; and feeling this want, if we are worthy of our calling, we will seek to have it fully supplied.
While the great heart of the intellectual world is throbbing with emotion, our hearts must "responsive beat." We should not be passive recipients, continually feasting upon thoughts of others; we should be authors of original thought, and eat of the food prepared by our own hands.
Poor Lazarus was excusable for eating the crumbs that fell from the rich man's table because of his sore afflictions; but we will not be excusable for thus acting, in an intellectual point of view, because it is in our power to set tables of our own; and though they may not be spread with dainty viands, the food will be pleasant to our tastes; and adapted to the growth of our minds, because of its kindred nature.
The mind does not grow strong so much by what it receives as by what it gives. It was this outgoing of thought more than the incoming of knowledge that gave to the minds of Demosthenes, Cicero, Socrates, and Plato their great power and caused them to shine as stars in the galaxy of ancient lore. They did not, it may be, possess a knowledge of as many facts of history and of science in general as many of our school boys and girls, at the age of twelve years, but the facts they knew were pressed into constant service, and thus, by the contact of mind with mind, they became great. And so must we do, fellow-teachers, if we would ennoble our profession, and leave behind us for those who follow a rich legacy in the shining, imperishable world of letters.
But, Mr. President, I have detained your body sufficiently long, and will now give way to others who may desire to be heard upon this subject. I thank you for your attention.
Following the address of Mr. Maxwell, remarks befitting the occasion were made by Messrs. M. C. Johnson, J. Turner, and T. G. Thompson.
The Committee came in while the last speaker was on the floor, and he gave way to hear the report.
A committee of seven were appointed to draft resolutions, viz: Messrs: Wm. Gray, M. C. Johnson, H. Samuels, James Turner, P. Morgan, J. M. Maxwell, and James Thomas.
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