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Supporters Rally in Solidarity with Jewish Community

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Hundreds of community members gathered outside the Graduate Life Center on the Virginia Tech campus to support the Jewish community on Monday. Anti-Semitic messages were found on the lawn of the Chabad Librescu Jewish Student Center on March 18. “Don’t look the other way,” Tech President Tim Sands urged attendees. By Stephanie Kapllani, Variety Editor Contact the writer Share this Post Supporters sign a poster in solidarity with the Jewish community at a rally held on Monday evening outside the Graduate Life Center. The rally was in response to an incident of hate speech over the weekend, when leaflets containing …

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Photos: Executive Orders Prompt Henderson Lawn Demonstration

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Students and local residents gathered early this spring in solidarity with those affected by President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration. By Greg DiGalbo, Staff Writer Contact the writer Share this Post At the corner of College Avenue and Main Street in downtown Blacksburg you will find Henderson Lawn, a peaceful hillside where students and local residents alike eat lunch, meet up with friends, or just sit down and relax. On the evening of January 30, 2017, however, Henderson Lawn became the gathering place of hundreds of peaceful demonstrators expressing their opinions about Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration and …

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Dialogue on Race aims for action

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Share this Post In the 1980s, a historic Black community located at the south limit of Blacksburg fought to prevent the paving of a road on their own land that led right up to their cluster of homes. Backed by the Montgomery County Board of Supervisors, developers paved the road anyway, naming it after the nickname of the family’s late matriarch, Nellie, a former slave — though it was no consolation to the family. That road is Nellie’s Cave Road. In a News Messenger article from 1992, the late Aubrey Mills Sr., a descendant of Nellie, lamented the disruption of …