I doubt not but that the American Negro will in the next decade be put more to it to provide for higher education than is the case to-day. Officials of institutions for higher education in the South who have come in contact with Northern philanthropist have recently experienced a lukewarm reception where they once were most cordially received. The idea that industrial education was not only the greatest, but the only educational need of the Negro has been the cause of this indifference.
Even in the matter of industrial education their is the idea advanced that only these schools should be supported that are in the “American Missionary,” the commissioner for church wrote the great charitable organizations and a few others. What does this mean? That these in the hands of colored officials, except possibly that in Tuskegee and at Normal in Alabama should alone receive financial consideration at the hands of the almoners of northern bounty. Even so consistent a friend of the race as the “N.Y. Independent” that if certain schools should not be blacklisted. There should be a white list made. It is rather significant that this finale acknowledgment is now published. It should emphasize the necessity for self-reliance, not only in the matter of secular, but of Christian education.
How timely is it for the African Methodist Episcopal Church to begin the new century with an appeal to the connection and the race for a “thank offering” to the Almighty, not only for the more auspicious entrance of the race on the twentieth century both in America and Africa, but as a guaranty that we will accept every reasonable challenge made against us and that we will labor with greater zeal and self-sacrifice, more earnestly, more steadfastly and with more singleness of purpose towards the advancement of the Redeemer’s kingdom.
Let the young people of the church especially be in the vanguard, for the work of the twentieth century will be more largely in their hands and in their keeping.
JOHN W. CRONWELL.
Source: The Christian Recorder 1899-12-07
Image: Florida State Normal and Industrial School class of 1904 .