The Virginia Black Conservative Forum would like to congratulate our friend Pastor Joseph Ellison on his recent appointment as the State Director of African-American Engagement for the Republican Party of Virginia. In his new role Pastor Ellison will be working with current RPV Chairman Pat Mullins, Executive Director Anthony Reedy to engage African-American organizations and leaders from across the Commonwealth in hopes of building better relationships.
Pastor Ellison has the experience, the know-how and the determination to make this effort a success if RPV gives him the tools and resources he’ll need. Historically the Republican Party of Virginia and the African-American community have had close ties starting with the governorship of Linwood Holton and lasting through 1990s and Allen and Gilmore administrations. African-Americans played a significant role in building the modern GOP here in the Commonwealth and we hope Pastor Ellison, Chairman Mullins and Director Reedy are able to rebuild lost relationships and forge new ones.
Although RPV has taken this first step in rebuilding those ties, it is just that…a first step. We hope that the announcement of Pastor Ellison’s position brings with it a commitment from Chairman Mullins and Director Reedy to appropriately fund the work that his efforts will require. We also hope that this signals a new willingness from RPV to better engage with Virginia’s black communities, and support the local units and districts that have been doing the work that RPV has long neglected.
Hopefully we will find out soon as the unfolding General Election will give RPV the opportunity to show us just how committed it truly is to engaging the African-American community. Indeed this campaign season will show us just how genuine our candidates are in wanting to reach out to Virginians of all races, creeds and colors.
We here at the Virginia Black Conservative Forum stand at the ready to assist Pastor Ellison if he should need us and we wish him the best of luck in this most worthy of endeavors.