Minor elected NAACP president, VCU professor falls short

Photo courtesy of VCU Political Science
Photo courtesy of VCU Political Science
Photo courtesy of VCU Political Science
Photo courtesy of VCU Political Science

Richmond City Democratic Committee Chairman James “J.J.” Minor was elected to be president of Richmond’s chapter of the NAACP last Tuesday, according to the Richmond Free Press.

Minor, who is the son of Virginia delegate Delores McQuinn (D – 70th district), won the election with 61 percent of the vote, chairman of the Richmond City Democratic Committee and son of Richmond Delegate Delores L. McQuinn.

VCU Associate Professor Ravi Perry fell short in his bid to be president of the Richmond chapter of the branch, along with current president Lynetta Thompson, who was seeking re-election for her second two-year term as president.

Perry serves as president of the National Association for Ethnic Studies, the oldest ethnic studies organization in the country, which moved its headquarters to Richmond in 2015.

The professor also serves on the board of Diversity Richmond. In February, he was in the thick of controversy when he led a presentation on “white privilege” at Glen Allen High School in Henrico.

Minor angered members of the Richmond Democrats during this past election when he personally endorsed eventual-winner Levar Stoney before his committee had voted on which mayoral hopeful to back, a decision which former delegate and mayoral candidate Joe Morrissey criticized at a public forum for mayoral candidates hosted by the RCDC in September.

“There’s going to be an endorsement from this venerable organization in two days. Not one of these candidates, including myself … were interviewed,” Morrissey said. “The fix is in. My good friend, Levar, has already got that endorsement without any interview. How do you do that?”

In an interview with Richmond Magazine after the forum, Minor said that Morrissey’s statement was false.

Days before the election, Minor and RCDC vice-chair Sandra Antoine came under criticism when they formed a political action committee within the RCDC to endorse candidates which they preferred in Richmond’s City Council and School Board races, as opposed to the ones the organization had endorsed.



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