You’ll have to excuse the antiquated language, but a beautiful sentiment nonetheless that was worth sharing, “to guard and cherish our social rights.” I love finding examples of agency and the spirit of community that this exemplifies.
“We, the Colored Men of Nova Scotia, have unanimously agreed to form ourselves into an Association to guard and cherish our social rights, and advance our Financial as well as our Political interests”
Anglo-African Mutual Improvement and Aid Association of Nova Scotia. Constitution And By-laws of the Anglo-African Mutual Improvement And Aid Association of Nova Scotia. [Halifax, N.S.?: s.n., 18. https://hdl.handle.net/2027/aeu.ark:/13960/t7dr4207r