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VUU Statement Regarding January 20th Event

January 14, 2020

Virginia Union University has notified the Urban Revitalization Coalition (URC) that it will not be permitted to hold its January 20, 2020 event at VUU. The university has often reserved space on campus to individuals and various local, state, and national non-profit organizations to hold events. The university was not a part of the planning for this event, was not informed of who would be participating, and was not a part of distributing information about the event. We learned about it as the flyers were distributed. Once receiving the details, VUU decided to inform the URC that our campus was not the appropriate space for their event. VUU allowed the URC to reserve space on campus for what was described as an economic development discussion providing over $30,000 in cash giveaways to local residents to help stimulate economic and community development while celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Virginia Union University is committed to its mission of empowering African Americans and other ethnic minorities through all of its programs, events, and partnerships.