I recognize the fact that I should keep silent, and leave this work to more
experienced hands Hut as no heart is more willing than mine, and all seem silent.
I reluctantly take this plan of speaking to the Nation and to the world my sintiments
on the subject of Mob Violence and Lawlessness as practiced upon a helpless people,
by lynching them in this Christian land. I disclaim all feelings of bitterness. No
spirit of revenge actuates me. Although I was many years a slave, I have love for
all my countrymen and malice toward none but lynchers
In sending out this speech I intertain no thought but the freedom and protection
of a worthy people in the enjoyment of their rights as American citizens.
I wish to suggest what I believe to be the best meth.Kl of curing the evil, and
will bring the best good to the country. Education, moral culture, refinement and
wealth, must be considered in the elevation of any race to equal rights and privileges;
but where prejudice is based upon color, regardless of conditions and qualifications,
these will not furnisli a perfect cure. These elements of character united with my
method here suggested will accomplish the desired end.
It would be worse than foolishness for less than one-eighth of this great population
to think of protecting their rights by any form of violence; 8,000,000 against 57,000,
000 people; $263,000000 against 865,000.000,000 is as a drop in the mighty ocean.
Our educational status as a people is in about the same proportion. If we had any
inclination to use any other than civil proceedings in the courts, it would be worse
than Indian folly. The violent elements that stand opposed to the rights of the
Afro-Americans are organized to carry out their wicked designs, but they are in the
minority. The great christian heart of this nation is opposed to mob violence, but it
is not. organized against it" What we need through our devotion to right living and
christian manhood, is to rouse the sympathy of the best though; of the nation—get
the best favor of the people. Crystalize this christian sentiment into a moving, active
force, against the curse of lynching, by a powerful national citizens' rights associa¬
tion organized throughout the country. The politicans have largely brought on the
trouble, but they do not lift a hand against it. Now let the Ministers of the Gospel,
with the aid of all good people, begin to organize a local national citizes' rights
association in every church and schcol in the country, holding monthly business
meetings, quarterly local union meetings, semi annual district or county meetings,
annual state conventions, and a national convention every four years. Such an or¬
ganization of 2,500,000 or mor-- people paying $1 00 each annually or 10 cents per
month will correct the evil. With this amount of money backing an organized force
of earnest men and women in the right would mould public sentiment against mob
violence. We would enlist the sympathy of the world in our favor, as against the
efforts of our enemies to slander and disgrace us. Dear reader, if I can but get your
active aid as a member of this organization, and through you bring about the desired
end in your locality, I shall be satisfied.