A Sensible Negro

January 15, 1867


A black man states that for future generations, African Americans should continue to be called themselves Negroes. He does not want to be denied his past nor the rest of his races'.


Rev. John W. Logan said, at the Equal Rights Convention in Washington, that the term negro was peculiarly musical to him, and hoped the word would be retained in a resolution to which some one had objected on account of that word. He wanted the term to be retained, for his mother was black, and he did not wish to deny his origin. While Mr. Logan was speaking lie was frequently interrupted by questions. The chair called the convention to order, saying that the members should recollect that they were in the House of Representatives, and therefore they should keep order. A member urged that there was no necessity for putting out a sign, for, bright in color as he was, when he got into the cars on the Baltimore and Ohio railroad they knew where to put him.
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