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Centennial: The American Negro from 1776-1876; Oration Delivered at Avondale, Ohio, 1876
			
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with the sacrifice they made.  When we think of the pro-
gress we have made during the last decade it seems like a
dream.  And yet, when we turn our eyes toward the hill
to which we are journeying, the distance looks almost
infinite.
            "On, then, my brothers! every blow
              Ye deal is felt the wide earth through."

    If we love the true, the beautiful, and the good, we
must toil for them; we must pay the price.  Life means ac-
tion; progress, work.  There is no half-way house between
the cradle and the grave.  It is one grand march from the
time we are born until we die.  Only at the river of eternity
are we permitted to lay down our burdens.  We are moving
on to that mountain on which, in the latter days, all nations
shall stand, no longer separated by blood, language, or pre-
vious condition of servitude.  Those who are strangers in
the flesh shall embrace each other in tears of gladness, and
our brotherhood shall be bound by cords of redeeming love.
Those dusky men who so proudly bore aloft the flag of the
Union in the hottest of the conflict of the century will be
there. Let us seek to overthrow injustice and fraud of every
kind; to help build our new government, dedicated to human
freedom and equal rights, upon the rock of our common hu-
manity.  Let us guard with zeal the purity of its principles.
Let us defend the sacredness of its stars and stripes, that
ensign of liberty and union known only to be loved in all
countries and climes under the heavens; then this indeed
will become

       "The land of the free, and the home of the brave."




			
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Centennial: The American Negro from 1776-1876; Oration Delivered at Avondale, Ohio, 1876

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