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African American baseball players from Morris Brown College

[Detail] African American baseball players from Morris Brown College

Nineteenth annual report of the principal of the Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute, Tuskegee, Alabama : for the year ending May 31, 1900.

Alexander Crummell (1819-1898) offers in this 1886 sermon a plan for the beginning and sustaining at home the education of children.

What kind of education was best suited for African-Americans in the post-Reconstruction years? In one of many opinions, some of which his hearers disagreed with, the Reverend C. N. Grandison asserted that to enjoy the liberties of the majority required that African-Americans receive a classical college education.Rev. C.N. Grandison, said, the college would do for the black man the same it would do for the white man-all blessings of civilization flow from the college. They tell me I am an American but I am not certain about it, but if I'm accused of a crime and come before a white jury its a foregone conclusion that I'm guilty, (a voice, yes, they will lynch you too)-Grandison replied, "And lynch you before being found guilty." So we are not equal, but I know of one republic where we are equal, that is the republic of letters, when man has that sweep of vision with which the human mind may be conversant there is no white man can say he has what the black man has not, there is no color in thought, when I can read as much greek as he can, they can't say I have not got it. A John Hopkins Professor says: a colored child can go along with a white child for a certain time but after a while the white child leaves him. It's a part of God's plan that one race should not know what the other is doing, God, did not tell Pharoah what Moses was doing, else Pharoah would have killed him. So the Negro is getting what will hurt white men in the future. Colored men are learning to write books. The mission of college lifts us up to the republic of letters, when we get there we can't say we haven't got it. Don't be satisfied with any superficial high school education, but there's room at the top.-Give man the right kind of education, he will certainly succeed. Whites have everything, banks, railroads, stocks while we sing, "You may have all the world but give us Jesus."

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