The National Convention of Colored Citizens, one of the most significant conventions in abolition movements, began on August 15, 1843, in Buffalo. The Convention lasted four days, and its participants discussed their efforts to claim the rights of other American citizens. Perhaps the most notable of speeches was by Rev. Henry Highland Garnet, who radically encouraged slaves to strive for total emancipation.

To learn more about this moment in Black History, check out the clip below, brought to you by WBLK.

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Contributed by Katherine Trautwein