Why Founder's Day At UVA Was More Meaningful This Year

Why Founder's Day At UVA Was More Meaningful This Year

The Purple Shadows continued their annual tradition for Thomas Jefferson's birthday, but the Egala Society sparked some necessary conversation.

Every year at the University of Virginia, a secret society called the Society of the Purple Shadows does something special on the morning of Thomas Jefferson’s birthday, also known as Founder’s Day here at UVA. Several men in hooded purple cloaks march onto The Lawn as the sun rises, at around 6:30 a.m., as a congregation of students awaits their arrival. In a single-file line, they approach a statue of Thomas Jefferson and place a wreath at the base of the statue.

This year, however, was a little different. Long before the Purple Shadows had arrived, it was clear that somebody else had already been there—there was a whip placed in front of the statue, along with two papers with typed messages on them. The statue itself had red and white cloth wrapped around Jefferson’s head, and a sign with the word “Cuck” on the upper-left torso. The ground in front of the statue was splattered with what seems to be tar.

This was the doing of The Egala Society—a new secret society at UVA, formed in 2015 in light of the controversies that had sparked UVA in the previous two years. The objective of The Egala Society is to spread awareness of the issues that are faced by marginalized communities.

The letter left by the society is pictured below:

And here's what the statue looked like:

I don’t agree that we should “let the man die,” because he played an undeniable role in building the country that we live in. However, The Egala Society should be applauded for creating an impetus for conversation—in order to fully understand the history of the University of Virginia, we must accept the faults of its founder. Thomas Jefferson was an incredible man, but too often he is idolized as being the perfect role model. If we don’t actively remind ourselves of the severe injustices he committed against black people, we erase parts of our history instead of learning from them.

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12 Bible Verses For Faith In Hard Times

Remind yourself that God is always with you.

Lately, I have felt lost at what God wants for my life. Ever since I've come back to UWG everything has been horrible. It seems that I can't catch a break. I'm trying my best to focus on school, work, and extracurricular activities. But it's hard when I'm having issues with my apartment/roommates and knowing my family back home is struggling and needs many prayers. All, I keep thinking is maybe Carrollton isn't where I belong anymore. I've asked God if He can guide me in the right direction. Below, I have found Bible verses that have helped get me through these rough, past couple of weeks.

1. Isaiah 43:2

"When you go through deep waters, I will be with you."

2. Psalm 37:5

"Commit your way to the Lord. Trust in Him, and He will act."

3. Romans 8:18

"The pain that you've been feeling, can't compare to the joy that's coming."

4. Proverbs 31:25

"She is clothed in strength, and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future."

5. Joshua 1:9

"Be bold. Be brave. Be courageous."

6. Ecclesiastes 3:1

"There is a time for everything and a reason for every activity under the heavens."

7. Isaiah 41:10

"Don't be afraid, for I am with you. Don't be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand."

8. Isaiah 66:9

"I will not cause pain without allowing something new to be born, says the Lord."

9. Psalm 91:4

"He will cover you with His feathers, and under His wings, you will find refuge; His faithfulness will be your shield and rampart."

10. Psalm 62:1-2

"My soul finds rest in God alone, my salvation comes from Him, He alone is my rock and my salvation."

11. Philippians 4:13

"I can do everything through Christ who gives me strength."

12. Jeremiah 29:11

"For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

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Bible Verses To Bring You Comfort

When times get tough and are stressful, here are some bible verses that can help.


As a typical, insanely stressed out college student, I know that it is that point in the year that everything seems to hit you at once. The stress and anxiety from school and other things going on in my personal life sometimes just make me want to curl up in a ball and pretend it will all just solve itself. Unfortunately, this doesn't work. I have found that the only comfort I get during all of this is from God. Reading a bible verse everyday when I am at the point of wanting to quit, brings me peace and helps me continue on.

"When you go through deep waters, I will be with you." Isaiah 43:2

"Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:6-7

"In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world." John 16:33

"Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you." 1 Peter 5:7

"When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy." Psalm 94:19

"Come to me, all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest." Matthew 11:28

"Be still and know that I am God." Psalm 46:10

"The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit"

Psalm 34:18

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight." Proverbs 3:5-6

I hope that you can read each of these verses and feel comforted by the One that truly loves and cares for you. Pray to God about anything and everything because I promise, He is listening. He is there to take care of everything and His support and love are never ending. He will always be there for you, no matter what. Times might be tough right now but always remember that stress isn't permanent but God is.

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