and wait. The workers up in the atmosphere of goodness, long
suffering, and forbearance and forgiveness are not many or over-
crowded. If others choose to be mean, we can be good; if others
push us down, we can help push them up. No harm can come to
the black man that does not harm the white man.
Think, under God's help and yours, from whence we have
come, spurred and cheered on in the darkest hour by our mid-
night groans, our songs, and before-day prayers and an inherent
faith in the justice of our cause. We went into slavery property,
we came out citizens; we went into slavery pagans, we came out
Christians; we went into slavery without a language, we came
out speaking the proud Anglo-Saxon tongue: we went into slavery
with the slave chains clanking about our wrists, we came out with
the American ballot in our hands. This, this is our past. I ask
the Church to say what shall be the future.