races which make them seek salvation for themsehres rather
We are to exemplify in our loA'e of God the love of the
AA'hole human race, outside of ourselves as ourselves.
'Twas given to Jos. Mazzini, a layman, to teach this
doctrine more clearly than any Caucasian. We are to
emulate not strangers in religious error, nor imitate them,
but to illustrate tne religion of the African fathers of the
church, our progenitors racially and geographically.
In education Ave haA'e erred, but the correction is
easier than in religion, because we haA'e taken but a feAV
steps, our oldest university is not twenty-five years old,
and our oldest school masters have had us in training but
twenty-six years. We begun too near the top. Trades
shotdd have preceded professions. Industrial training of
the boy and girl is a necessity for all present and after life.
Mere intellectual development of the schools is not a neces¬
sity of existence.
This alone is a hindrance to successful, useful living,
instead of an aid. The hands of the future man and wo¬
man must be trained to the labor of the field, the shop and
the sea; and of the multifarious home domesticities. This
training full and complete, or I should say contempor¬
aneous with the work of the brain in the school house is
right; all other theory and practice is radically AA'rong.
Learn first to buy the land by the SAveat of the broAV,
erect the habitation by the sweat of the broAV, victual the
larder by the SAveat of the brow, clothe the body by the
sweat of the brow—all this before the organ or piano is
bought or bric-a-brac. The white man is a Avorthy exem¬
plar of this. Imitate him closely
Accept education of the schools in common Avith the
whites, but neither seek nor insist upon it unless the in¬
structors are equally mixed blacks with AA'hites. The white
man here in America is not broad enough to give you all
he has. The Negro instructor Avill give the Negro pupil
all he possesses, because in so doing he is perpetuating
himself. The white brother cannot by any possibility see
himself in the Xegro. If it were possible, he Avould be¬
hold a caricature. If black men and women can point the
way to heaven for us, AA'hen qualified intellectually, they
can best point the way of life to us. God's image in black,