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The President,
Washington, D. C.

Sir:

We members of the Executive Committee of the Negro Silent
Protest Parade have had the honor of presenting you through your
Secretary a petition praying the suppression of lynching and its
kindred ills.

We now request you to make a public utterance that will assure
twelve million colored children, women, and men whose wrongs cry to
heaven for justice, that your great and far reaching influence will
be exerted to prevent their color from militating against their
ability or proving a barrier to their advancement; that you will use
your powers and as far as you can, the forces of the Government to
bring the perpetrators of the crimes of lynching, burning, and arson
to justice: and urge Congress to cleanse the "damned spot" from the
fair hands of America by making lynching a Federal crime.

We further pray that God’s blessing will rest upon this Country,
and bring us out of this death struggle for human rights a strong,
pure, and chastened nation.

Dated New York, August 14, 1917.

F. A. Cullen
Mme. C. J. Walker
S. M. B. Casey
Chas. D. Martin. Secy.

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