THE CATHOLIC NEWS, JULY 8, lO^fe: John Boyle O'Reilly Cited For Defense of the ^Negro Speakers at His Centennial Recall His* Battles for Justice for Underprivileged of the Nation Judge Ryan in his address said Adoption of a resolution urg- ing Americans of Irish descent "to take a leading part" in pro- moting justice for the American Negro, highlighted a public meet- ing, sponsored" by the Irish American Committee for Inter- racial Justice, held at the Car- roll Club on Wednesday evening, J[une 28. The meeting was called to iOommemdrate .the one hun- dredth anniversary of the birth of John Boyle O'Reilly, Irish American poet, patriot and editor known for his constant advocacy of Negro rights. . The resolution, which followed .addresses by several ^prominent ^^mssBsgrr'stSXeS: "We believe more recognition should be given to the courageous leadership of this American, who . . . con- stantly condemned the undemo- cratic barriers confronting the American Negro, and . . . ap- pealed . . . for complete ani^ eciual justice for the Colored race." ;'i.?C'- The speakers included the Hon. Joseph T. Ryan, chairman of the committee, presiding; the Hon. James McGurrin, president general of the Americi Historical Society; Fannit distinguished novelist; He- Craft, executive secretary ;~ Harlem YJM.C.A.; the RigA Monsignor William A. Scull ■ retary of Education for the diocese of New York, who i';™,, ,,, sented Archbishop Spell'-f ,'--?'*; - Charles A. Birmingham, presi^ -J^ of the Catholic Interracial C-'-*'* cil, and the Rev. John LaPi ^— ^ S.J., executive editor of Ame: Jk yg t9 in part: "As we all know the interraelal'; attitudes and conditions now pre- vailing in the United States do not conform to oui: (Concepts of justice and charity; and as American citizens we must; face the fact that the day is fast approaching when the rightful claim of a Negro- America^;: can- not be brushed aside witii im- punity . . . "Today we commemoratis' the birth of that outstanding libertyr,, loving Irish- American John Boy te, O'Reilly, patriot, poet and editor, the man who more tbar, ailgi other of the sons • of Ireland to set foot on American soiT has left an impress of tolerance and good-will that can never be for- gotten." After speaking of John. Boyle CReilly's love and devotion to his native Ireland, of his in- prisonmeiit in England as a Revolutionist, his deportation to a penal colony in Australia, his escape and his arrest at the I Clarence Poster, young . Ni actor, read , O'Reilly's pc "Crispus Attaucks," written 1888 for the> dedication of monument erected in Boston that Negro hero of the Revol tion. noi^
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