Remove the portrait of Robert E Lee from the grounds of the Blue Ridge Assembly

Remove the portrait of Robert E Lee from the grounds of the Blue Ridge Assembly

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A​.​J. Rawls started this petition to The Board Members of the Blue Ridge Assembly

The mission of the YMCA of the USA is based on Christian principles shared by all faiths and practiced each day in YMCAs across the United States through programs that build healthy spirit, mind, and body for all.


In all its interactions with YMCAs, the YMCA of the USA will be guided by our:
Mission: To put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind, and body for all.


Vision: We build strong kids, strong families, strong communities.
Values:
Caring
Honesty
Respect
Responsibility

Core Qualities:
A commitment to stewardship
A devotion to diversity
A sense of unity
A passion for equity
A dedication to quality
A respect for locality
An enthusiasm for volunteerism
A conscious ‘internationality’

The portrait of the Confederate General, Robert E Lee, that hangs in the lobby of Eureka Hall goes against the values mentioned above.  While the Blue Ridge Assembly has made great strides in creating a more inclusive atmosphere on it's campus by renaming buildings honoring Confederate leaders, the portrait and plaque that hang in the lobby of the main dormitory are at odds of the values of national and local YMCA's.  The vision statement of the Blue Ridge Assembly is Our  to continue to be a premier destination for developing, empowering, and inspiring values-based leaders to strengthen the foundations of their community.  The presence of the portrait and plaque that venerate a man who defended the institution of slavery by calling him a "Christian educator and leader" only serves to divide those who come to the mountain.  We kindly ask the board to permanently remove both the plaque and portrait of Robert E. Lee from the grounds of the Blue Ridge Assembly.  

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