In response to last week’s uproar over Kemper’s participation, the Veiled Prophet Organization told E! News in part of a statement, “The VP organization is dedicated to civic progress, economic contributions and charitable causes in St. Louis. Our organization believes in and promotes inclusion, diversity and equality for this region. We absolutely reject racism and have never partnered or associated with any organization that harbors these beliefs.”
In the statement, the Veiled Prophet organization noted they host “two major free events in St. Louis, including America’s Birthday Parade and Fair St. Louis.”
“Both events,” they said, “reflect the diversity of the St. Louis community and include a wide variety of partners—such as PrideFest and the Annie Malone Parade.”
For more on the controversy surrounding Kemper’s participation and the organization’s history, read E!’s breakdown here.