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Colored Democrats To Hold Big Meeting In Louisville On February 22.

The colored Democrats of Kentucky are forming an organization. At a meeting held in Frankfort in December preliminary arrangements for the organization were made and a meeting will be held here on February 22 to effect a permanent league. There are several thousand Democratic negro voters in Kentucky and they are banding together in order to make their influence felt.

William H. Ward, of 626 Ninth street, Louisville, was selected for chairman at the Frankfort meeting, and he has sent several hundred circulars out to prominent negroes, of which the following is a copy:

Dear Sir: It is our intention, pursuant to an agreement reached at Frankfort, Ky., December 11, 1900, to hold a meeting of negro Democrats in the city of Louisville, Friday, February 22, 1901, at 10 o'clock a.m. at Odd Fellows' Hall, Thirteenth and Walnut streets, for the purpose of organizing the Negro State Democratic Committee for more effective work in 1901 than ever before, and the transaction of such other business as may properly come before such a meeting.

To our mind the position of the negro in this State is vastly more favorable in many respects than at any time in the past, and it is eminently becoming that he so act upon all questions of public policy that his position will be of greater interest and benefit to the entire race in the State.

The number of negro Democratic voters in this State is sufficient to engage the attention of all thoughtful men, especially in view of the closeness of the two leading parties in the State. There are many more negro Democratic voters in Kentucky than was Mr. Beckham's plurality. This statement is extremely suggestive.

You are invited to be present on this important occasion, and we respectfully beg that you pass this notice to your fellow negro Democrats and insist upon their attendance also. For further information write to the chairman or secretary of the State Committee.

The circular is also signed by J. Allen Ross, Secretary, and by Henry A. Kemp, Charles Castile, J. Allen Ross, of the Local Committee of Arrangements. Those who are unable to attend the meeting are urged to send proxies to the chairman.




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