Virginia Governor Calls Off HBCU Appearance

February 21, 2019

Virginia governor Ralph Northam had planned to start his "reconciliation tour" today at Virginia Union University, a historically black institution. But The Washington Post reported that he called off plans to join an event there after the president of the student government wrote to him and asked him to stay away. The tour is designed to rebuild ties to black Virginians in the wake of Northam's admission that he had worn blackface. But the student government leader, Jamon K. Phenix, wrote to Northam to say that his presence would take away from a focus on the Richmond 34, black students arrested in 1960 for holding a sit-in at a lunch counter at a whites-only local department store.

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