(Matt Demlein, WRVA)

Northam Asked Not To Attend

VUU Student Government Want Governor To Reschedule

February 19, 2019 - 2:24 pm

Richmond, Va. (Newsradiowrva.com) - The Virginia Union University Student Government Association has sent a letter to Governor Ralph Northam (D), asking him not to attend Thursday's "Faith, Identity, and Social Justice" event.  The letter, which can be seen on the SGA President's instagram account, says the Governor's attendance would take away from the true meaning of the event, which is the commemerate the Richmond 34.  The Richmond 34 were a group of students who staged sit-ins at Thalhimers to fight segregation in the 1960s.

--We are here to send a message to @governorralphnortham . After listening to the concerns of our peers we are taking action. In that standing, we ask that the Governor reschedules his attendance to Campus for a later date. Let’s continue to stand in all things right so that we continue to preserve the vibrant and sacred mission of our University. #standwith34

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The Association says they welcome a conversation with the Governor on race, but this event is not the time.   Virginia Union University originally characterized this discussion as a part of an "apology tour" but later changed that discription.  The forum is scheduled to start at 11am Thursday.  

The Governor's office did not respond to requests for comments on the letter.  The Governor has been under fire since it was revealed that there was a racist photo on his 1984 Eastern Virginia Medical School yearbook page, and he admitted he once wore blackface to imitate Michael Jackson in the 1980s.