Richmond, Va. (WRIC) — Rev. Al Sharpton served as the keynote speaker for a discussion centered around race and reconciliation at Virginia Union University on Thursday.
Rev. Al Sharpton and the National Action Network hosted the “Reflections on Faith, Community & Racial Reconciliation in the Commonwealth” at Virginia Union University on Thursday, Feb. 7.
The taped discussion comes as controversy swirls around Virginia’s top three elected officials — Governor Ralph Northam, Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax and Attorney General Mark Herring.
2019 also marks the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first enslaved Africans to arrive in the commonwealth.
The discussion started at 11 a.m. at Coburn Hall, Allix B. James Chapel on Virginia Union’s campus.
The Reverand will also be accompanied by a slew of religious leaders, including, Benjamin Campbell, pastoral director of Richmond Hill; Linda Bridges, President of the Baptist Theological Seminary; Del. Lamont Bagby, Chair, Virginia Legislative Black Caucus; Del. Deloris McQuinn, serving Virginia’s 70th District; Dr. Gregory M. Howard, Interim Dean of the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology; Rev. Tyrone Nelson, Henrico County Supervisor and Pastor, Sixth Mount Zion Baptist Church; Dr. Patricia Gould-Champ, Pastor of Faith Community Baptist Church; Rabbi Scott Nagel of Beth Ahaba.