National Convention of Colored Americans

December 7, 1855

William Cooper Nell writes an account of the Convention, held in Philadelphia.
Amos Beman presides, and speakers include Remond, M’Clune Smith, Robert Purvis, and Frederick Douglass.  A plan of Colonization was presented, but a motion to commit it to the flames was approved by the body.  There is discussion of the role of clergymen who seem to “monopolize leadership” among the group.  Cooper asserts that this means that clergymen should be “more deeply imbued with the spirit of reform than they have hitherto been.”