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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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This we find the government unable or unwilling to do. What then? because of this we left the south we now appeal to the government to donate to us a portion of its territory for homes for our people and assist us to make the start. The Indians are cared for by the government but we do not ask even the goodness shown to them, we only ask to give us a start such as will enable us to have an [annual?] show in the race of [?]. It may be said that we want the government to do more for us than it does for the whites. To all such I would say have not your fathers and forefathers for 240 years drawn the life blood from our race; and do they begrudge to us sufficient aid to enable us to make a start. Let it be in the shape of a loan, or of a gift, or of a donation of sufficient land to enable us to get the necessary assistance to cultivate the soil and by our industry repay what is given us. Now if the general government can do no more for us let it make us a gift of 160 acres of the Territory named we could then manage through the loans given us on that land to be enabled to go forward and in a single year be self sustaining.
Mr. Wilmer Walton asked and obtained leave to make some remarks relative to the Memorial, as originally introduced ; after which Mr. Avery again called for the previous question. The call was sustained and the motion to adopt, without amendment, prevailed.
On motion the convention adjourned to meet at 3 o'clock p. m.
The convention was called to order by the President.
Rev. Mr. Avery, of Labette, offered the following :
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