As many of you are probably aware, a group of 7 minority Law students at Washington and Lee University have issued a list of demands to W&L University officials, which include the removal of Confederate Battle Flags from the LEE Chapel, prohibiting the Sons of Confederate Veterans from holding a Memorial Service in the LEE Chapel on the Lee-Jackson holiday, and denouncing the character of Robert E. Lee.
"Blessed be the Lord my strength, which teacheth my hands to war and my fingers to fight" Psalm 144:1 A Psalm of David, and a favorite of General Robert Edward Lee.
You can read more here:
W&L President Kenneth Ruscio responds here:
At the end of this blog post, you will find a link to a copy (.jpg) of the original letter from "The Committee", as the group is calling themselves.
Also included is a link to a letter (.pdf) we recently sent, by email and certified mail, to W&L President Kenneth Ruscio, Provost Daniel Wubah, and Board members.
Obviously, we feel very strongly that University officials MUST NOT capitulate in any way to these demands as any compromise would lead to more demands and more desecration.
We are calling on every person who has any interest in defending the honor of Robert E. Lee and/or has a vested interest in Washington & Lee University, to take a moment to write a letter and/or send an email to the officials we have listed below, for your reference and convenience. Please counter each "demand", and thoughtfully and courteously ask them to stand in defense of General Lee and against those who would dishonor him and the University by association.
We also ask your help in forwarding this email to anyone who may be willing to help, and especially to Washington & Lee alumni and donors.
General Lee valiantly took up his sword in defense of Virginia; won't you take a few minutes to pen a letter in his defense?
P.O. Box 547
Sandston VA 23150
President Mr. Kenneth Ruscio Washington and Lee University 204 West Washington Street Lexington, Virginia 24450 (540) 458-8700 email@example.com
Provost Daniel Wubah Washington and Lee University Washington Hall 214 Lexington, Virginia 24450 (540) 458-8418 firstname.lastname@example.org
BOARD OF TRUSTEES Secretary of the University: James D. Farrar, Jr. Washington & Lee University 203 Washington Hall Lexington, VA 24450 (540) 458-8465 email@example.com
Executive Assistant to the Board of Trustees: Katherine Brinkley Washington & Lee University 202 Washington Hall Lexington, VA 24450
(540) 458-8417 firstname.lastname@example.org