- Associated Press - Saturday, March 3, 2018

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia’s Democratic Party is renaming its annual Jefferson-Jackson Dinner. It will now be the Blue Commonwealth Gala.

Party chairwoman Susan Swecker told The Richmond Times-Dispatch on Saturday that the change makes the dinner’s name more inclusive and reflective of the state.

Jefferson-Jackson dinners have been held by state Democratic parties throughout the country. But party leaders have been renaming the events in recent years to remove association with figures who have oppressed racial minorities.

Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson were U.S. presidents who had owned slaves. Jackson also championed the 1830 Indian Removal Act that led to the forced relocation of Cherokee Nation.

Swecker said Jefferson’s Virginia roots were a “challenge” in the Democrats’ decision-making process. His legacy looms large in the state.

The dinner is scheduled for June 16.


Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch, http://www.richmond.com

Sign up for Daily Newsletters

Copyright © 2019 The Washington Times, LLC.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times welcomes your comments on Spot.im, our third-party provider. Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.


Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide