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A Declaration of Unity and Vested Interest in America

Whereas our ancestors (not of choice) were the first successful cultivators of the wilds of America, we their descendants feel ourselves entitled to participate in the blessings of her luxuriant soil, which their sweat and blood nurtured; and that any measure or system of measures having a tendency to banish us from her bosom, would not only be cruel, but in direct violation of those principles, which have been the boast of this republic.

Resolved: That we view with deep abhorrence the unmerited stigma attempted to be cast upon the reputations of the free people of color, by the promoters of this measure, ˜that they are a dangerous and useless part of the community," when in the state of disenfranchisement in which they live, in the hour of danger their wrongs, and rallied around the standard of their country.

Resolved: That we never will separate ourselves voluntarily from the slave population in this country; they are our brothers by the ties of consanguinity, of suffering, and of wrong, and we feel there is more virtue in suffering privations with them, than fancied advantage for a season.

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Jim Chester
African Americans for African America African American Pledge of Unity We stand, Together, after left alone in a land we never knew. We Bind ourselves, Together, with the blood and will of Those who have gone before. From the Bodies of our Ancestors thrown away, from the Pieces of Ourselves left to perish, We rise as One, a New Body in a New Land, a New People in a New Nation. Of Common Mind, Body, and Spirit, By Declaration of our Amalgamated Individual and Personal Authorities, We Are African America. © James Wesley Chester 2004; 2008 You are who you say you are. Your children are who you say you are.
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No, I didn't write it. But does kinda look like 'my stuff'. Right?

Out of curiosity, and with it being the MLK Holiday, I thought I would post this piece without credits.

This piece is the seminal resolution of the Free African Society Convention of 1817 held in Philadelphia at Bethel A.M.E. Church.

The convention and its resulting resolution was in repudiation of the American Colonization Movement to deport African American-Americans.

It is the seminal document to the foundation of African America unified for survival in a hostile place.

The Society was then thirty years old having been founded by Richard Allen and others in 1787.

Interestingly, 1787 is coincident with the first Constitutional Convention with sessions that culminated in the same city two years later.

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