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African Methodist Episcopal Church Review, Vol. 6, Num. 3
			
                    EDUCATION.                        337

with great thoughts, and let him stand up in the temple a com-
prehensive (store-house of philosophy and science, and he will be
white enough for the senate-chamber, the university or the pri-
vate chapel of a queen.  History has shown us this a hundred
times; we have seen it with our own eyes; we cannot doubt its
time. There is no other door to promotion. Black or white, intel-
lectual power is your nearest route to promotion; therefore to
the school-house! to the school-house! should be the advice to
every child.
  I need not lengthen this paper under this head. All of you
that can read know what ignorance reigns in the ranks of our
children.  You also know the splendid provisions made for
school education. It is not the purpose of this address to enter
into the particulars of education in its systems, as developed in
the United States or other countries, or in church or in state.
Had I the ability to do so, it would require a volume rather than
a single address. But I did purpose to touch upon some leading
points, that might help to interest the masses of readers upon
the great necessity of giving our children more and better oppor-
tunities for intellectual training. Without it we, as a race, will
retrograde in this country, where progress in intellectual ad--
vancement is the watch-word in every neighborhood. Our chil-
dren, to become good citizens, must learn enough to read the
laws.  They must know something of the geography and the re-
sources of our land. To be business men and women, they must
know something of mathematics, book-keeping and kindred:
branches.  To become teachers, they must know something of
the common school curriculum in all that is taught in that sys-
tem of education known as the Public School System. To be)
good artisans, architects, contractors and builders, they must
know from text-book training something of all these things
These are the "offices" which you can get only by intellectual.
work. These are the "offices" that you can get in the school of
intellectual training, and not have to seek for at Washington
from the President or Postmaster-General.  These are the "offi-
ces" that we ought to have, and which we will have, when we
render ourselves fit for them.  One can nominate himself and
elect himself to be grammarian, historian, mathematician, chem-
ist, or any other one on the list, and they are all high ofices,
and cannot be given out by appointment by President Harrison
or Queen Victoria.  They can be had at the school-house, in
every county in the United States of America--Our Country--
whose greatest blessing and glory is the establishment of such a
system of highways to knowledge, and power, and wealth.  Can
the black man be trained in the school of infancy to rise up with
his head toward the sky? can he be taught in the school of intel-
lectual training to stand up with others in mathematics and chem-
istry, in history and philosophy?. If he can, there is hope, If he
cannot, then must he stay behind on the ground floor of muscle
and brute force and accept the place that some few would-be phil-
osophers have assigned him l-a kind of back seat in the civiliza-
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African Methodist Episcopal Church Review, Vol. 6, Num. 3

Volume:  06
Issue Number:  03
Date:  01/1890


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