Virginia NAACP Extremely Concerned About Recent Events At Bluefield College

RICHMOND (February 11, 2021) – Virginia State Conference NAACP President Robert N. Barnette, Jr. issued the following statement today in response to the today’s statement issued by Bluefield College President Dr. David Olive:

“The Virginia NAACP is extremely concerned about the recent actions of Bluefield College that appear to suppress the nonviolent, silent protests of its student-athletes. Rather than supporting their Black players, Bluefield College chose to punish them in an attempt to silence their valid concerns.

The Virginia NAACP is actively monitoring the situation.”

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Founded in 1935, the Virginia State Conference of NAACP Branches (Virginia NAACP) is the oldest and largest nonpartisan civil rights organization in the Commonwealth, overseeing over 100 NAACP branches, youth councils, and college chapters. The Virginia NAACP is focused on being the preeminent voice of Black Virginians and advocating for policies and programs to benefit Blacks and people of color. You can read more about the Virginia NAACP’s work and our six “Game Changer” issue areas by visiting

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