Benjamin “Pap” Singleton – Leadership

Open to “the State of Tennessee”, not just Blacks, the meeting was held on July31 and August 1, 1877 in Nashville. Although it was a great success, [Benjamin “Pap”] Singleton took “Representative colored men” to task for their notable absence: “I am now compelled to say something to our leading men of our race that sit in high places and get their living off of our poor laboring class, and then point the finger of scorn at us for calling together a meeting for our future welfare, when white men praise us for so doing. Such men as this should not be leaders of our race any longer.”20

  • 20 Singleton Scrapbook, p.24
  • P.115, Exodusters – Nell Irvin Painter, ISBN 0-393-00951-3

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