NASCAR team stands by Liberty U despite lawsuits, scrutiny
With a 14th NASCAR Cup Series championship on the line this weekend, team owner Rick Hendrick on Tuesday defended his decision to extend his sponsorship deal with Liberty University as the school faces scrutiny over its handling of sexual assault allegations. Hendrick Motorsports last month reached a new five-year agreement to extend the school’s support of driver William Byron and the No. 24 Chevrolet. Twelve women filed a lawsuit in July, accusing the evangelical Christian institution of a pattern of mishandling cases of sexual assault and harassment, and fostering an unsafe campus environment.news.yahoo.com
Ex-Liberty exec files lawsuit alleging racial discrimination
A former NFL player hired last year to help lead diversity initiatives at Liberty University is suing the school, alleging racial discrimination in his demotion and subsequent firing. The federal lawsuit filed Friday by Kelvin Edwards says he faced discrimination based on race under the federal Civil Rights Act and the Virginia Human Rights Act as well as breach of contract. In a statement, Liberty categorically denied the allegations and said they would be proven "false through the legal process.”news.yahoo.com
Liberty University bans employees from talking to Jerry Falwell Jr. about university relations
In an email obtained by 10 News, staff were reminded about the ongoing investigation into the university's operations during Falwell's tenure and “ensured” Falwell is not influencing the investigation in any way.
Jerry Falwell Jr. undergoing treatment at NYU hospital for blood clots in his lungs
LYNCHBURG, Va. – Some Liberty University students have questioned why Jerry Falwell Jr. has been “absent,” and on Sunday, he provided an explanation. The former Liberty University president said in an Instagram post that he was in New York University’s Langone Hospital last week for the fourth time since August due to clots in his lungs. According to Falwell Jr., his blood saturation levels have been between 77 and 92 for seven months which is below the normal range of 96 to 99. “I didn’t even have the strength to go on TV to refute lies in the press,” Falwell Jr. said. Falwell Jr. was happy to attend the Liberty Mens’ Lacrosse game this weekend and said that he’s been prescribed blood thinners that should dissolve the blood clots within weeks or months.
Lynchburg pastor Jonathan Falwell says he has COVID-19, is asymptomatic
LYNCHBURG, Va. – Jonathan Falwell, a Lynchburg pastor and brother of Jerry Falwell Jr., announced Thursday he has tested positive for COVID-19. Falwell, who currently serves as senior pastor of Thomas Road Baptist Church, said he doesn’t have any symptoms. Falwell said he got tested after spending time around a family member who later tested positive.
‘I’d give [President Trump] another degree if I was still at LU,’ says former president Jerry Falwell Jr.
LYNCHBURG, Va. – After recent events, several universities have revoked President Donald Trump’s honorary degrees. According to Forbes, it’s a move done by all except one: Liberty University. In 2012, Liberty awarded Trump with an honorary doctorate of business. Former Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr., who gave Trump those honorary degrees, released the following statement to 10 News“I’d give him another degree if I was still at LU. That almost never happened before.” Jerry Falwell Jr.Liberty University did not want to comment.
Jerry Falwell Jr. drops lawsuit against Liberty University
LYNCHBURG, Va. – Officials at Liberty University announced Thursday that former university president Jerry Falwell Jr. has dismissed his lawsuit against the university. Falwell Jr. filed a lawsuit in October claiming the university “needlessly injured and damaged his reputation through a series of statements, published in print and spoken in large public forums and streamed online, following his forced resignation from the University.”[‘I must take the necessary steps to restore my reputation’: Jerry Falwell files a lawsuit against Liberty University]In Thursday’s statement, Liberty University officials said, “Falwell’s unilateral and voluntary dismissal was not prompted by any payments, promises, or other consideration from Liberty.”In a statement given to 10 News, Falwell Jr. said, “I’ve decided to take a time out from my litigation against Liberty University, but I will continue to keep all options on the table for an appropriate resolution to the matter.”University leaders said they were “pleased” with Falwell Jr.’s decision to drop the lawsuit and they look forward to the search for a new leader to succeed Falwell Jr.READ THE FULL STATEMENT FROM LIBERTY UNIVERSITY BELOW:“Liberty University announces that Jerry Falwell, who resigned as President of the University in August, has dismissed his lawsuit against Liberty. Falwell’s unilateral and voluntary dismissal was not prompted by any payments, promises, or other consideration from Liberty. The University’s administration and Board of Trustees are pleased that Falwell has dropped his lawsuit and look forward to pressing onward with the work of Liberty’s President and Chancellor Search Committee to find the new leadership to succeed Falwell.”
Liberty University making major leadership change, splitting roles of chancellor and president
LYNCHBURG, Va. – A major change is coming to Liberty University. The university’s Board of Trustees announced Monday that one person will no longer serve as the university’s chancellor and president. This is a change from how the university operated under Jerry Falwell Jr.'s leadership, where he served in both capacities. The board named 10 trustees to a president and chancellor search committee and tasked them with starting the planning process for presenting the candidates for the two senior leadership positions. Liberty expects it to take more than a year to find its next president and its next chancellor.
'It is absurd’: Liberty University alumni group reacts to Falwell’s new lawsuit
LYNCHBURG, Va. – A Liberty University alumni group is speaking out after former president Jerry Falwell Jr. sued his former employer. The complaint, filed Wednesday in circuit court, includes defamation and breach of contract. Falwell believes the university used false claims against him without investigating. Save71 is an alumni organization advocating for reform at Liberty. Dustin Wahl, co-founder of Save71, says he agrees with Falwell to a degree.
Falwell sues Liberty, saying school damaged his reputation
RICHMOND, Va. – Jerry Falwell Jr. has sued Liberty University, alleging the evangelical school founded by his late pastor father damaged his reputation in a series of public statements that followed his resignation as president and chancellor in August amid a series of scandals. This action seeks redress for the damage Liberty has caused to the reputation of Mr. Falwell and his family,” the lawsuit says. Falwell left Liberty in August after Giancarlo Granda, a younger business partner of the Falwell family, said he had a yearslong sexual relationship with Falwell's wife, Becki Falwell, and that Jerry Falwell participated in some of the liaisons as a voyeur. Although the Falwells have acknowledged that Granda and Becki Falwell had an affair, Jerry Falwell has denied any participation. In the lawsuit, Falwell claimed that Liberty “turned on” him after Granda went public with his allegations, forcing his resignation.
'I must take the necessary steps to restore my reputation’: Jerry Falwell files a lawsuit against Liberty University
LYNCHBURG, Va. – Liberty University’s former president and chancellor, Jerry Falwell Jr., has filed a lawsuit against his former employer. The case, filed in Lynchburg Circuit Court, includes claims of defamation and breach of contract. “Other than God and my family, there is nothing in the world I love more than Liberty University,” said Falwell in a statement. “We attempted to meet several times with the Liberty University Board of Trustees Executive Committee but were unsuccessful in doing so. The University would need to read and review a lawsuit before making comment, and as of this moment we have not been served.” Scott Lamb, Liberty University spokesmanBelow is the 29-page redacted lawsuit filed Wednesday in Lynchburg Circuit Court:
Lynchburg restaurant reopens months after cooking up controversy
LYNCHBURG, Va. – A Lynchburg restaurant is back in business following controversy earlier this year. Fifth & Federal Station has been closed since May, when the restaurant supported a tweet from-then Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. showing a picture of a face mask with the blackface photo from Gov. The owner, Josh Read, declined to go on camera, but told 10 News they regret the tweet. One Lynchburg resident said Thursday it’s nice to have Fifth & Federal back in business. Some other passersby declined interviews, but called Fifth & Federal “racist.”The owner said they’re focusing on strengthening their relationships within the community and invite people to visit to see what they’re truly about.
Report: Officers respond to fall at Falwell home, find empty alcohol containers
First responders were called to the Falwell’s house in Bedford County, according to the Huffington Post. According to records and 911 audio obtained by the Huffington Post, Bedford County dispatchers received a 911 call from Becki Falwell in the early morning hours of Aug. 31. According to the report, a responder saw cuts on Jerry Falwell Jr.'s face, including under his left eye, above both eyes and across the bridge of his nose. The responder also recorded in a report that Falwell said he hit his head on a trash can. The report says there was blood there as well as empty alcohol containers.
Liberty announces investigation into Falwells tenure
RICHMOND, Va. Liberty University is opening an independent investigation into Jerry Falwell Jr.'s tenure as president, a wide-ranging inquiry that will include financial, real estate and legal matters, the evangelical school's board announced Monday. Granda said that he had a yearslong sexual relationship with Becki Falwell and that Jerry Falwell participated in some of the liaisons as a voyeur. Although the Falwells have acknowledged that Granda and Becki Falwell had an affair, Jerry Falwell has denied any participation. Jerry Falwell Sr. Some may say that all the signs were there for a long time before last week, the statement said.
Liberty University alumni, staff call for prayer after more sexual allegations arise for Falwell family
This time, a former Liberty University student said Becki Falwell, wife of former Liberty president Jerry Falwell Jr., initiated a sexual encounter with him in 2008. [Former Liberty University student says Becki Falwell initiated sexual encounter, Politico reports]A Politico report details the alleged relationship. Friday night, alumni said theyre coming together to pray for the university. Praying for the school board. An independent search committee composed of current and former university officials must be established to find LUs new president.
Former Liberty University student says Becki Falwell initiated sexual encounter, Politico reports
LYNCHBURG, Va. – A former Liberty University student told Politico that Becki Falwell climbed into bed with him and gave him oral sex one night back in 2008 while he was staying over at the Falwell’s home. According to what the student told Politico, the wife of then-university president Jerry Falwell Jr. initiated the act and he went along with it. I think that you are beautiful just like you are,” Becki Falwell wrote in a message sent in September 2008. Jerry officially resigned as Liberty University president on Tuesday and received a reported $10.5 million severance package in return. After the photo went viral, a GOP lawmaker and former Liberty University instructor called for Falwell Jr. to resign.
WP: Jerry Falwell Jr. to get $10.5 million in severance, retirement
LYNCHBURG, Va. – On Tuesday, Jerry Falwell Jr. announced that he had resigned from all of his roles at Liberty University — but that’s not the end for him. Falwell says he signed a 20-page contract in July 2019, and has agreed to not work for a competing university. Hours after Liberty University released a statement saying Jerry Falwell Jr. agreed to resign then reversed course on Monday, he old the Wall Street Journal that he was officially stepping down. After the photo went viral, a GOP lawmaker and former Liberty University instructor called for Falwell Jr. to resign. During Falwell’s leave of absence, Liberty Board Chairman Dr. Jerry Prevo is serving as acting president.
Political analyst: Falwell Jr.‘s resignation won’t have lasting effects on Trump campaign, election
In the political arena, Jerry Falwell Jr. was one of the first people to give an endorsement to now President Trump. After Falwell’s endorsement, Trump tweeted that Falwell was one of the most respected religious leaders in the nation. Falwell continued to actively campaign for Trump and even said he turned down the position of Secretary of Education. Despite all this, 10 News Political Analyst Dr. Ed Lynch said the scandal won’t have any lasting effects in the election. “But none of that is going to be major because Donald Trump is much bigger than Liberty University and Liberty University has had an existence and a great deal of success before anybody took Donald Trump seriously as a presidential candidate.”Lynch said he doesn’t think this will have a major impact on the Trump campaign’s fundraising either.
‘I’m very relieved’: Liberty University students, alums react to Jerry Falwell Jr.‘s official resignation
LYNCHBURG, Va. – Effective immediately, Jerry Falwell Jr. is no longer the president and chancellor of Liberty University. “We’re all kind of glad, personally I’m very relieved,” said Liberty student Brooke Snok. The controversy for Falwell started earlier this month when he posted then quickly deleted a photo which later went viral. Reports from Reuters and the Washington Examiner revealed Falwell’s wife Becki allegedly had a years-long sexual affair with their Miami business partner, while Jerry Falwell knew and sometimes watched. Then Tuesday morning, board members met and accepted his resignation.
Falwell says he's resigned from Liberty University
FILE - In this Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018 file photo, Jerry Falwell Jr., right, answers a student's question, accompanied by his wife, Becki, during a town hall meeting on the opioid crisis at a convocation at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va. On Aug. 7, 2020, Falwell stepped down, at least temporarily, from his role as the president of the school. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
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Ambassador Nikki Haley speaks during the Republican National Convention from the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, Monday, Aug. 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:1. SCOTTISH LEADER WINNING PRAISE Nicola Sturgeons calm and sober response to the coronavirus pandemic is standing in contrast to the sometimes-chaotic approach of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. WE HAVE NO WAY TO FORCE THEM OUT Beiruts massive explosion has fueled widespread anger at Lebanons ruling elite, whose corruption and negligence many blame for the disaster. LIBERTY UNIVERSITY SAGA PERSISTS The evangelical school said Jerry Falwell Jr., embroiled in a sex scandal, had offered his resignation as president but then reversed course.
Falwell says he's resigned from Liberty University
(AP Photo/Steve Helber)RICHMOND, Va. Jerry Falwell Jr. said Tuesday that he has submitted his resignation as head of evangelical Liberty University. Falwell confirmed his departure in an interview with The Associated Press a day after the school said he had submitted, then rescinded his resignation. Falwell stepped down amid conflicting claims about a sexual relationship Falwells his wife had with a younger business partner. Falwell is the son of university founder the late Rev. Jerry Falwell.
Jerry Falwell Jr. tells WSJ he has resigned amidst conflicting reports
LYNCHBURG, Va. – TUESDAY MORNING UPDATEHours after Liberty University released a statement saying Jerry Falwell Jr. agreed to resign then reversed course, he tells the Wall Street Journal that he is officially stepping down. In a phone call to the Wall Street Journal, Falwell said he had just sent his resignation letter to the university board late Monday night. After the photo went viral, a GOP lawmaker and former Liberty University instructor called for Falwell Jr. to resign. During Falwell’s leave of absence, Liberty Board Chairman Dr. Jerry Prevo is serving as acting president. (Liberty University)Falwell became president in 2007 after his father, Jerry Falwell Sr.‘s death that same year.
Man claims to have had a years-long sexual relationship with Becki Falwell with Jerry’s consent
LYNCHBURG, Va. – After Liberty University affirmed the terms of President Jerry Falwell Jr.‘s indefinite, paid leave of absence, new information is coming to light about both he and his wife, Becki. Hours after Reuters published its report, Falwell resigned from his roles with Liberty University, according to the Associated Press. On Monday, Reuters published an interview with Giancarlo Granda, who told the news organization about his years-long sexual relationship with Becki Falwell, Jerry’s wife. Granda wasn’t just having sex with Becki Falwell, but was also in business with the couple. On Sunday, The Washington Examiner published a statement from Falwell saying that blackmail led to his recent erratic behavior.
Falwell says wife had affair, family faced blackmail attempt
FILE -This Wednesday Nov. 28, 2018 file photo shows Rev. Jerry Falwell Jr., right, and his wife, Becky during after a town hall at a convocation at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va. Falwell Jr. says he is seeking help for the "emotional toll" from an affair his wife had with a man who he says later threatened his family. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
Liberty: Falwell agreed to resign, then reversed course
(AP Photo/Steve Helber)RICHMOND, Va. – Jerry Falwell Jr.’s future at evangelical Liberty University amid a sex scandal was uncertain Monday, after the school said he had offered his resignation but then reversed course. Falwell agreed to “resign immediately as President of Liberty University today but then instructed his attorneys to not tender the letter for immediate resignation,” according to a university news release distributed late Monday night. The news of Falwell's possible departure followed the publication of news stories about his wife’s sexual encounters with a much younger business partner. Falwell did not return a call from the AP seeking comment, but several news outlets quoted Falwell as saying that he has not agreed to leave the post permanently. Falwell has said the photo was taken in good fun at a costume party during a family vacation.
Jerry Falwell Jr. says blackmail led to recent controversial behavior
LYNCHBURG, Va. Suspended Liberty University president Jerry Falwell Jr. says blackmail led to his recent erratic behavior. He was suspended almost two weeks ago after he posted a controversial photo on Instagram. Calls for Falwell to step downFalwell gave a statement to conservative magazine The Washington Examiner, saying he has suffered depression caused by a former family friend who had an affair with his wife and has been threatening to expose it. In the statement, he says the man began threatening to publicly reveal this secret relationship with Becki and to deliberately embarrass my wife, family, and liberty university unless we agreed to pay him substantial monies ... Over the course of the last few months, this persons behavior has reached a level that we have decided the only way to stop this predatory behavior is to go public.Falwell says hes getting mental health help, along with his wife
Its a pivotal time': Liberty University names first African American as acting board chairman
LYNCHBURG, Va. Students are moving back in at Liberty University while its leadership continues to evolve with historic changes. Dr. Allen McFarland is the acting chairman of the Board of Trustees and the first African American to serve under that title. McFarland has 30 years of leadership at Liberty University. In a release sent by the university, McFarland said hes excited about the new role. School leaders said its up to the board to decide how long both men will serve in an interim capacity.
Liberty University and Falwell: A bond that's hard to break
(AP Photo/Steve Helber)RICHMOND, Va. Jerry Falwell Jr. has been toppled, at least temporarily, from the presidency of evangelical Liberty University, but whether he will break permanently with the Christian institution that is synonymous with his family name is another matter. Jerry Falwell Sr. into the ministry, took over as president following his fathers death in 2007. The vision laid out by Falwells father rests in part on athletic success, which has improved under his son, who has outfitted the Liberty Flames with top-notch facilities. Adam Laats, a professor at Binghamton University in New York who studies American education, predicted that Falwell would return to Liberty not as president but in another capacity. Harkening back to a sentiment expressed by the elder Falwell, Carson observed: Its not Jerry Jr.s university.
Liberty University names Jerry Prevo as acting president
LYNCHBURG, Va. – We now know who will be leading Liberty University for the time being. Liberty Board Chairman Dr. Jerry Prevo accepted the appointment by the Executive Committee of the Board to serve as acting president, the university announced on Monday evening. This decision comes after the university announced Friday that President Jerry Falwell Jr. would be taking an indefinite leave of absence. Prevo has served on the Liberty University Board of Trustees since 1996 and has been the Board Chairman since 2003. He has also stepped aside from his role as Chairman of the Liberty University Board of Trustees for the duration of his service as Acting President of the University.
‘This is the time for us to be gracious’: Liberty alum’s Facebook post following Falwell’s leave of absence spreads quickly
LYNCHBURG, Va. – Liberty University alum Lauren Smith reacted to Jerry Falwell, Jr. taking an “indefinite leave of absence” as university president with a Facebook post. Within a day, her post gained popularity in the Liberty University community. They said it is important for Liberty alums to remember their biblical lessons during Falwell’s time of adversity. It can be judgment or it can be grace.”“This is an opportunity right now to show the rest of the world, who is watching, who Jesus really is and what he’s all about,” Lauren Smith said. “That’s grace, that’s forgiveness, that’s mercy.
GOP lawmaker, former Liberty University instructor calls for Jerry Falwell Jr. to resign
LYCNHBURG, Va. – A GOP lawmaker and former Liberty University instructor is calling for Jerry Falwell Jr. to resign after he posted and deleted a photo from his Instagram account that has many people wondering what happened during his vacation. Congressman Rep. Mark Walker, on Friday, Liberty University announced that Falwell would be taking an “indefinite leave of absence” as president of the university. It was a prop only.”Walker, a former instructor at the Christian university, took to Twitter, saying that the Liberty University community deserves better:Jerry Falwell Jr’s ongoing behavior is appalling. As a Music Faculty Advisory Board Member and former instructor @LibertyU, I’m convinced Falwell should step down. — Rep. Mark Walker (@RepMarkWalker) August 6, 202010 News reached out to Liberty University for comment on Monday evening but has not yet received a response.
Jerry Falwell Jr. responds to questionable Instagram photo
LYNCHBURG, Va. – On Friday, Aug. 7, Liberty University announced that Falwell would be taking an “indefinite leave of absence” as president of the university. Liberty University president Jerry Falwell Jr. is breaking his silence after posting then deleting a questionable photo on Instagram while on vacation. In an interview with the Morningline on WLNI 105.9 Lynchburg, the Liberty University president explained and apologized for posting this picture. It shows Falwell with his pants unzipped, belly showing, part of his beard painted and his arm around a young woman. She couldn’t get her pants zipped and I was like trying to like… I had on a pair of jeans I haven’t worn in a long time and couldn’t get zipped either.
Photo posted, then deleted showing Jerry Falwell in unzipped pants
LYNCHBURG, Va. – On Friday, Liberty University announced that Falwell would be taking an “indefinite leave of absence” as president of the university. Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. posted and deleted a photo from his Instagram account that has many people wondering what happened during his vacation. 10 News reached out to Liberty University for comment on Monday evening but has not yet received a response. It’s unclear what the deleted picture was in connection with; however, a Huffington Post article stated it appears to be in connection with a “Trailer Park Boys”-themed party. I tried to look anywhere not-alarming in this Jerry Falwell Jr. photo and I sprained my eyeballs!
Liberty University files $10 million lawsuit against The New York Times
LYNCHBURG, Va. Liberty University president Jerry Falwell Jr. announced that his school has filed a lawsuit against The New York Times. The net proceeds awarded through this lawsuit will be contributed by Liberty University to nonprofit organizations dedicated to supporting people and businesses recovering from the coronavirus pandemic and related economic lockdowns, according to Liberty. Jerry Falwell (@JerryFalwellJr) July 15, 2020The lawsuit is against The New York Times Company, Elizabeth Williamson and Julia Rendleman. Therefore, we are holding the New York Times accountable for their malicious and false reporting and their violation of the measures we took to protect our students. Politically-motivated attacks by the mainstream news media that defame and libel conservatives and Christians should not be allowed in the United States of America and will not be tolerated by Liberty University.
Its been an embarrassment says Libertys Jerry Falwell announcing support to rename Lynchburg
LYNCHBURG, Va. Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. left no doubts about his feelings towards the name of the city where his university is located. I personally support changing the name of the city of Lynchburg. Its been an embarrassment to Liberty University ever since we started, Falwell said in a news release. Falwell said he is indifferent to any new names that have been suggested for the city. An online petition to change the name started last month has been signed by more than 5,300 people.
Evangelical Liberty U rattled by its own racial reckoning
FILE - In this July 21, 2016, file photo, Jerry Falwell Jr., president of Liberty University, speaks during the final day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)RICHMOND, Va. As the nation wrestles with how to do more for racial equality, Liberty University a school whose leadership has said it doesn't have a problem is facing its own tough questions. Indeed, McLaurin and other disheartened Black alumni have limited power to force change. But Libertys reckoning over race comes as its share of on-campus Black students has declined in recent years. Internal documents obtained by AP show Black students made up 13% of Libertys resident undergraduates in 2007 and just 5% last year.
3 football players announce plans to transfer from Liberty
LYNCHBURG, Va. Three football players at Liberty University say they have entered the transfer portal, with two of them citing racial insensitivity by the university's leadership or similar reasons for their decisions. Kei'Trel Clark and Tayvion Land, both sophomore defensive backs, and senior linebacker Waylen Cozad all announced their intentions on Twitter. Clark and Land, who are Black, cited racial or cultural concerns with the leadership at the evangelical school. In it, he praised the coaches and players he worked with, but said his decision was bigger than football.Land specifically cited racial insensitivity displayed by leadership at Liberty. Women's basketball player Asia Todd announced about two weeks ago that racial insensitivity that did not align with my moral compass or personal convictions caused her to leave.
Falwell apologizes for tweet that included racist photo
RICHMOND, Va. RICHMOND, Va.Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. apologized Monday for a tweet that included a racist photo that appeared on Gov. Falwell, a stalwart backer of President Donald Trump and the son of the late evangelist the Rev. Organizers of last week's alumni letter responded to Falwell's apology with a note of thanks, adding that they are hopeful that healing and reconciliation can" result from it. In late May, Falwell tweeted his opposition to a mask mandate from Gov. Whether Falwell's apology quells what had become a growing tide of criticism of his leadership style and occasionally inflammatory comments remains an open question.
'We gotta continue to be heard’: Protest in Lynchburg continue for third night
LYNCHBURG, Va. – At the corner of Wards and Wards Ferry Road in Lynchburg, protesters screamed loud and clear with a message. If he didn’t want to wear a mask, he could’ve just said that,” Clator said. Once night fell, the group took their fight up the road to Campbell County where there was no curfew. The group called it a night with plans to continue the cause another day. Lynchburg police reopened Wards Road after several hours.
Black Liberty University alums rebuke Jerry Falwell after blackface tweet
NEW YORK – Nearly three dozen black alumni of Liberty University denounced school President Jerry Falwell Jr. on Monday, suggesting he step down after he mocked Virginia’s mask-wearing requirement by invoking the blackface scandal that engulfed Gov. In a letter to Falwell, 35 faith leaders and former student-athletes told Falwell that his past comments “have repeatedly violated and misrepresented” Christian principles. More than 30 former African-American Liberty University students are calling on Jerry Falwell Jr. to step down as president of the school. Jerry Falwell, whose legacy the alumni invoked in imploring the younger Falwell to "stop this infantile behavior." In response, Falwell said his comment about the blackface scandal was made in defense of Liberty students, including minorities, who would be affected by tuition assistance cuts proposed by Gov.
Officers hurt, businesses destroyed as protests turn violent in Lynchburg
LYNCHBURG, Va. – Several officers are hurt and two people were arrested after peaceful protests turned violent Sunday night into Monday morning in Lynchburg. — Fifth & Federal (@Fifthandfederal) May 27, 2020The business has since issued a statement apologizing to anyone who thought they were supporting racism. Below is a transcription of the scanner audio embedded above:5:43: “I think we have shots fired. Shayne Dwyer WSLS 10 News is in Lynchburg as police are engaging with demonstrators who have turned violent. When those protests turn violent and threaten the safety of our community, we must take action, as we did tonight.
Liberty’s Jerry Falwell explains why he won’t apologize for mask tweet
LYNCHBURG, Va. – Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. tweeted Sunday evening, explaining why he will not apologize for a recent tweet many have called racist. People have asked why I won’t apologize for reminding people of the @vagovernor racist past in a recent tweet. It’s because that same Gov just ended tuition assistance grants for the 27% of @LibertyU online students who are African-American! Sad — Jerry Falwell (@JerryFalwellJr) June 1, 2020Sunday’s tweet comes after his controversial tweets on Wednesday in opposition to Gov. https://t.co/9YKwTrgIDj — Jerry Falwell (@JerryFalwellJr) May 27, 2020After that, a Liberty University online instructor resigned, citing Falwell’s tweet.
Armed citizens volunteer as security to protect Lynchburg restaurant
LYNCHBURG, Va. A group of armed citizens volunteered as security at the Lynchburg restaurant that was at the center of protests, which turned violent overnight. Fifth & Federal (@Fifthandfederal) May 27, 2020The business has since issued a statement apologizing to anyone who thought they were supporting racism. A number of area militias were asked to come help by the armed citizens working to protect Fifth and Federal, and some are still at the restaurant as of 5:30 a.m. Originally, there were around a dozen armed citizens at the restaurant. Alexander says that if he and the other armed citizens were not there along with the militias, he believes that protesters would have broken in and destroyed the restaurant.