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Proceedings of the Convention of Colored Men, Held in Edwards Opera House, Parsons, Kansas. April 27th and 28th, 1882.


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Where we can train our children in religion and virtue, and develop our own manhood, and do our part in making America a second Eden. This convention will have a bearing upon the future of our race in this State, and in the United States, that no other has had; being the first of its kind ever held. The requests in the Memorial that will be adopted by you are very reasonable and can be granted. An opportunity will be given our professed friends in Congress (the President included) to prove their faith by their works. The eyes of the six millions of our race in America, including the sixty thousand in this state --forty thousand of whom are represented by your on this floor are turned imploringly to the National Congress. Shall they appeal in vain? Verily, nay, the members of Congress have hearts; they are human, and many of them are Christians!

The millions of this and other lands of all races, are sitting as jurors upon the American Congress, and will render a just verdict at the proper time. Congress is not unmindful of this fact. Never before, Mr. President, in the history of this great nation has such an opportunity been presented to be truly good, and to prove itself to be indeed the friend of the oppressed, of every race and clime! If the government can give the right of way and a bonus of every alternate section, forty miles wide, to a rich railroad corporation, it certainly has the power--if it has the will--to give every third section of the same lands to its true friends and supporters! I need not refer to the part we took in the first, nor the second war (with Great Britain. But the part we took in the late civil war should entitle us to some consideration, to say nothing of subsequent trials through which we passed in our allegiance to the Republican party, through these long years of sorry, suffering and death.

Committee being ready, the report was called for and submitted.

Report of the Committee on Credentials:

Mr. President:--We, your Committee on Credentials, find the following named gentlemen entitled to seats in this convention, as duly accredited delegates:

Anderson county--W.A. Moore. Chautauqua county--A/ Fairfax, W.A. Price and A.D. Perkins. Cherokee county--J.C. Stewart, R

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