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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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portant gatherings ever held in the state.


L, FULBRIGHT, Vice-Pres.

W. B. AVERY, Sec.

W. A. MOORE, Assist. Sec.

From the Kansas Weekly Witness:

The convention of colored men recently held in this city, was largely attended; and the intelligence, dignity and order would have done credit to a convention of national representatives—far in advance of the colored men.

Nearly every part of the state was represented. The delegates were alive to the business before them. The session was harmonious, though at times during the discussions excitement ran high, yet each one seemed to have complete self-control. The dignified bearing and decorum exhibited has been the subject of remark. It was not generally known that in a caucus the members had agreed to set an example to similar bodies.

It is worthy of remark, that while some of our best friends—ladies and gentlemen—representing the wealth and intelligence of the city, attended the convention and manifested a deep interest in its proceedings, the representatives of the city press and politicians, of both parties, held themselves aloof and maintained an expressive silent endorsement. Had it been a political meeting or convention, or near the time for nominations or elections it would have been different. But one of our city papers noticed the call or the convention.

Prominently among the delegates stood the Rev. Alfred Fairfax, of Chatauqua county, who was elected, first temporary, then permanent President; and whose elected reflected credit upon the convention in their selection. A better choice could not have been made. Able and dignified, yet pleasant and agreeable in the chair, and impartial in his rulings. His opening address - which we publish in this issue - shows of what material he is made.

The Hon. L. Fulbright, Vice-President, is pre-eminently gifted as a politician, and we predict for him a brilliant future in that particular field, should he choose it as a profession. Politics seem to be his forte.

The same can be said of C.M. Johnson, who made a good fight and showed considerable political tact and ingenuity in

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