Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam has met with civil rights leaders at the Executive Mansion a day after forgoing a racial reconciliation event at a historically black school that student leaders asked him not to attend.

Northam met with members of the so-called Richmond 34 on Friday morning for breakfast. It’s a group of 34 Virginia Union University students who protested segregation and sought to integrate the dining facility at a Thalhimers department store nearly 60 years ago.

Northam has been mired in scandal over a racist yearbook photo and an admission of wearing blackface earlier this month. Students at the VUU asked him not to attend the school’s commemoration of the Richmond 34 Thursday.

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, top center, greets members of the Richmond 34 and other African-American leaders for a breakfast at the Governors Mansion at the Capitol in Richmond, Va. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, top center, greets members of the Richmond 34 and other African-American leaders for a breakfast at the Governors Mansion at the Capitol in Richmond, Va. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

The Democratic governor told his guests Friday he’s trying to “bring good from what happened.”

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, second from right, and his wife Pam, right, talk with former Virginia Union University president, Rev. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, second from right, and his wife Pam, right, talk with former Virginia Union University president, Rev. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, center top, greets members of the Richmond 34 for a breakfast at the Governors Mansion at the Capitol in Richmond, Va. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, center top, greets members of the Richmond 34 for a breakfast at the Governors Mansion at the Capitol in Richmond, Va. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, right, talks with former Virginia Union University president, Rev. Claude Perkins, center, and his wife, Cheryl, left, for a breakfast for the Richmond 34 at the Governors Mansion at the Capitol in Richmond, Va. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, right, talks with former Virginia Union University president, Rev. Claude Perkins, center, and his wife, Cheryl, left, for a breakfast for the Richmond 34 at the Governors Mansion at the Capitol in Richmond, Va. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, center, and his wife, Pam ,right, talk with former Virginia Union University president, Rev. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, center, and his wife, Pam ,right, talk with former Virginia Union University president, Rev. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam stands under a portrait of George Washington as he greets members of the Richmond 34 for a breakfast at the Governors Mansion at the Capitol in Richmond, Va. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam stands under a portrait of George Washington as he greets members of the Richmond 34 for a breakfast at the Governors Mansion at the Capitol in Richmond, Va. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

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