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February 4, 2019


Statement by Kelvin De’Marcus Allen, President and CEO of The Beulah Project Regarding Embattled Virginia Governor Ralph Northam

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam must step down

I believe Virginia Governor Ralph Northam must step down. Recent revelations of Northam’s Medical School Yearbook photo alongside a photo of an individual in Blackface, and another dressed in a Klansman robe, is not only a vile mockery of Black people everywhere, but is also an affront to thousands of Virginia voters of all stripes who chose Northam as their Governor. Northam’s initial admission that he was in fact one of the individuals in the photo, in my opinion, was the very least he owed his supporters. But, to later claim that he could not be sure if he was in the photo at all, was disingenuous and a pathetic attempt to try to avoid the inevitable, his resignation. Northam has lost the public trust and must step down. Moreover, any delay in Northam’s decision to resign, should be viewed as Northam choosing to salvage his political career, over what is best for the citizens of Virginia. 

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Established to honor the memory of Sadie Beulah McLean Allen (1920 - 2004), mother, missionary and charitable giver. The Beulah Project, Inc.'s mission is to empower people and communities through health education, the arts, media and law. 

Born in Parkton, N.C. in 1920, Sadie Beulah McLean Allen's life was a testament to perseverance and faith. Although her dreams were often put on hold or never realized, Allen's dedication to raising her family, her encouraging nature, and anonymous giving assisted countless others in pursuing and accomplishing their goals. 

Therefore, with that spirit in mind, The Beulah Project is dedicated to creating and sustaining projects that empower people and communities as they strive to reach their highest potential. The Beulah Project is a 501 (c)(3) tax exempt charitable organization.