Eastern Virginia Medical School to Investigate Racist Photos in Yearbooks

The Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk issued a statement following the revelation that Virginia Governor Ralph Northam had a photograph of a student in blackface and another student in a Ku Klux Klan costume on his 1984 yearbook page. The governor initially apologized but then later denied that he was one of the people in the picture. Sources stated that students gave yearbook editors photos they wanted on their year book page in sealed envelopes.

The university admitted that there were several other “unacceptable” photos that had been published in the yearbooks over the years. The medical school stopped publishing the yearbooks in 2014 after a photo appeared of students in Confederate Army uniforms.

In the statement from the medical school, officials wrote that it “is committed to discovering quickly how unacceptable photos such as these came to be published in the past. Further, we are committed to ensuring that our existing culture is one that would never tolerate such actions today.”

The medical school enrolls about 1,250 students. African Americans make up 10 percent of the student body, according to the latest data supplied to the U.S. Department of Education.

In a related story, Mark R. Herring, attorney general of the Commonwealth of Virginia, revealed that he had worn blackface while an undergraduate student at the University of Virginia. Herring who had called on Governor Northam to resign, made no mention of his intention to resign. He previously had announced that he will run for governor of Virginia in 2021.


Related Articles

Leave a Reply

Get the JBHE Weekly Bulletin

Receive our weekly email newsletter delivered to your inbox

Latest News

Central State University to Merge Two Colleges to Optimize Resources and Efficiency

The primary goal of the merger is to improve operational efficiency, support increased enrollment, and optimize resources. Notably, the focus on operational streamlining does not include any plans for staff or faculty layoffs.

Four Black Scholars Selected for Dean Positions

The dean appointments are Chukwuka Onwumechili at Howard University, Myra Bozeman at Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio, Joan Tilghman at Coppin State University in Baltimore, and Omolola Eniola-Adefeso at the University of Illinois.

Voorhees University Launches Its First Doctor of Education Degree Program

The new doctor of education in leadership program will offer two specialized tracks for students, preparing them to become successful leaders in their chosen educational field. Students can choose to focus their studies on either PK-12 education or higher education administration.

Fielding Graduate University Honors Ronald Mason for Lifetime Achievements in HBCU Leadership

Ronald Mason has served as president of three HBCUs: Jackson State University, Southern University and A&M College, and the University of the District of Columbia, where he was the longest tenured president in the university's history.

Featured Jobs