Address of Hon. Boies Penrose at a Patriotic Race
Service, Held by the Negroes of Philadelphia,
Under the Direction of One Hundred Representa-
tive Citizens and Participated in by Representatives
of the Race Patriotic Organizations of the City, at
Varick Institutional A. M. E. Zion Church, Monday
Evening, March 1,1914
Senator Penrose said:
I am glad to be here tonight to have an opportunity of wit-
nessing this splendid gathering and of meeting face to face so
many of the representatives of the colored citizens of Philadel-
I am impressed by the membership of the Committee of 100
Representative Citizens by whose authority I have been invited
here this evening and under whose auspices this great meeting
has been assembled.
In looking over the list of names I recognize a great many
people who have been active in the civic affairs of Philadelphia
for many years, and who have gained an honorable prominence
and reputation by their active participation in every movement
for the improvement of our city and for the betterment and de-
velopment of your race. I find on the list and see in this audi-
ence many whom I have known since my early manhood when I
first began an active participation in public affairs and whom
I esteem highly for their honesty and ability and can count among
my steadfast friends in all public efforts.
This gathering is indeed a remarkable one, having so many
prominent negro citizens, together with representatives of the
Race Patriotic Organizations of this city and so many prominent
in religious effort and in the business affairs of Philadelphia.
You are assembled here to promote the best interests of the
12,000,000 negroes in this country.
I think I can say truthfully-in fact, it is generally known-
that I began my political career in the Eighth Ward of Philadel-
phia, which was then it legislative district, in a constituency
which, at that time, largely was inhabited and influenced by
colored people, and I always have recognized the fact that my
first political efforts had their loyal support.