President in the chair; Prayer offered by W. Roberts. After
which C. A. Yancy, offered a resolution with the names of persons
who shall constitute the members of the State Central Committee
for 1851. On motion of C. H. Langston, the resolution was re-.
ferred to a select committee of three, which was as follows:--L. D.
Taylor, C. H. Langston, and J. H. Perkins--carried, after which
J. Mercer Langston, being select committee on the press, reported
The committee appointed to devise a plan for establishing a paper
in this State in behalf of the colored people, having had the same
under consideration, would respectfully report, as follows:
"It being admitted that the colored people of the United States
are pledged before the world and in the face of Heaven to struggle
manfully for advancement in civil and social life, it is clear that our
own efforts must mainly, if not entirely, produce such advance-
ment. And if we are to advance by our own efforts, (under the
divine blessing.) we must use the means which will direct such ef-
forts to a successful issue.
Of the means for the advancement of a people placed as we are,
none are more available than a press. We struggle against opin-
ions. Our warfare lies in the field of thought. Glorious struggle!
Godlike warfare! In training our soldiers for the field--in mar-
shaling our hosts for the fight--in leading the onset, and through-
out the conflict, we need a Printing Press, because a printing press
is the vehicle of thought--is a ruler of opinions.
"That in our judgment, the peculiar condition of the colored peo-
ple of the State imperiously demands that we establish such an or-
gan, that we may talk to each other, and to the world,
"We are brought to this conclusion from the following considera-
"We are scattered over so large a territory, and while we have
increasingly important interests, we have not a single paper of our
own west of New York, and in those there, we do not consider our-
selves properly represented, neither can we be fully represented in
the papers edited at the west by our white friends, for we have inter-
ests peculiar to ourselves. This is our condition. But the estab-
lishment of a paper must depend upon the available means to sus-
tain it. Among the 25,000 colored persons in the State, there cer-
tainly are sufficient to give it a handsome support, to say nothing of
the thousands of our white friends in the State, who stand ready
to-day to welcome such a periodical. In this connection, we would
not forget the expected support of our western brethren, whose in-
terests, like ours, need to be advocated.
"Your committee would therefore respectfully recommend the
adoption of the following plan for the establishment and support of
"I. To find out from each person present interested, how much
he or she will pledge, if it be needed, to support the paper one