Knox College Struggle and Progress-African Americans in Knox County, Illinois (Knox College)
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Galesburg Republican Nov. 18, 1871
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TitleGalesburg Republican Nov. 18, 1871
DescriptionEditorial in the Galesburg Republican newspaper supporting the efforts by local citizens of Galesburg, Illinois in their quest to integrate the public schools.
School board members
School boards
Subject (LCSH)Galesburg (Ill.) - Newspapers
Named PersonClarke, Henry; Leach, Ed; Lanphere, George C.;
AuthorGalesburg Republican
Time Period1870s
Date Created (original)November 18, 1871
IdentifierMicroforms Cabinets
RightsThis item is out-of-copyright.
CollectionStruggle and Progress-African Americans in Knox County, Illinois (Knox College)
Date Digital2012-08-22
TranscriptOn Monday evening able arguments
were made before the board of educa-
tion by Messrs. Clark & Leach and oth-
ers, in favor of the admission of colored
children to the schools, which were as
ably answered by Judge Lanphere. How
there can be any doubt upon this ques-
tion we are at a loss to determine. The
colored people are as much citizens of
this city, and state, and nation, as any of
us, and have equal rights in all national,
state, and municipal affairs; and no con-
gress, legislature, or board of education,
has the right to make any distinctions
between citizens which do not apply to
all classes and nationalities alike, and
it would be just as proper for the board
to prohibit all white children born in
Illinois from attending certain depart-
ments of our public schools as to pro-
hibit the colored children from doing
so. The board has undoubtedly the
right to require that children to en-
ter the higher departments shall have
attained to a certain degree of scholar-
ship or to a certain age, and to make
many other regulations, but the ques-
tion of nationality or complexion can-
not be made the test. The board of ed-
ucation should understand that in this
country there is no such thing as caste,
and that one citizen has the same rights
as another, and that those rights should
not be withheld another day. It is too
late to question the equal rights of the
colored people with all other citizens.
The amendments to the constitution of
the United States and the new constitu-
tion of Illinois have settled this ques-
tion forever.
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