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Virginia Governor’s Proclamation to Salute Confederacy Angers Black Leaders

HeadlineApr 11, 1997

Virginia Governor George Allen’s decision to proclaim April a month to salute the Confederacy’s four-year struggle for independence has angered Black leaders into demanding his resignation. A group of civil rights leaders went to the state Capitol on Thursday and attacked the wording in Allen’s proclamation, which called for respecting “the honorable sacrifices of Confederate leaders, soldiers and citizens to the cause of liberty.” “Liberty for whom?” said Salim Khalfani, activities director for the Virginia chapter of the NAACP. He said, “These people fought against the Union and the United States of America, and they lost.” He added, “They’re losers.”

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