The Policy of the Young Negro by Charles F. Graves Paperback
But with reference to the policy of the young American Negro there is very n ucl idle and even sometinme erroneous specul tion. He is perhaps not thoroughly known by his critics, not even by those who touch his life in various ways for me cenary pur poses. The real life and policy of the young Negro must be unselfishly embraced, free from the bane of prejudice and all of is nu holy and corrupting inﬂuences. And it is with this purpose in view that we desire to candidly lay before you the policy of the young Negro. From the foregoing it is not strange then that his acts, feelings andyearnings should crystalize into a policy distinctly his own and yet tempered by all of the old time savory influences that hover around the faithful fathers and mothers of the days of slavery. And too it is just to the American people of which he forms a part that his policy be known and made bare before them.
In the first place let us qualify the young Negro as that class, which is twang in years, who knows nothing of the clllolls require ments of bondage, that class though old in age, yet fresh and rich in thought and material, that class which is meeting the requirements of all thoughtful and sane people, that class which is filling. The schools with patient and diligent students the churches with devout and humble worship ers, the home with neat efficient and industri ous inmates, that class which is reaching out into the business, financial and the com mercial world endeavoring to find standing room, that class which is inhabiting the lands and preparing a permanent place of resi dence for himself and his kind, that class of Negroes who go through life with his head high up and his heart swelling with the patri otic blood in it conscious of the fact that God made him to be a man.