But Mr. Northam insisted Saturday that Mr. Fairfax backs his decision not to resign. "Changing his public story today now casts further doubt on his ability to regain that trust". "No matter the party affiliation, we cannot stand for such behavior, which is why the @NAACP is calling for the resignation of Virginia Governor".
But racial justice groups, civil rights leaders, and fellow Democrats are among those saying that an apology won't be enough and that Northam should step aside immediately.
Northam was around 25 when the picture was taken and it appeared on the page alongside other personal details about him.
The Virginia executive is telling his colleagues Saturday, he is not in the racially charged photo from his yearbook page.
Should Northam still be in office by Tuesday night, it could find its way into President Donald Trump's State of the Union address, which wouldn't bode well for Democrats, who would most likely stand up to applaud the president if he has to call for Northam's resignation. "He just told me he didn't think it's him".
"I plan to continue to lead", he said.
The photo of Northam was first published by conservative news outlet Big League Politics, but was soon authenticated by the Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk, the state's largest daily newspaper. "Black people are not a costume and our country's racist history is not a light-hearted game".
He discussed the photo with a classmate earlier in the day and was told there're "numerical mistakes" in the yearbook, he said. Northam said Saturday that after he reflected about the photo he has no memory of the party or costumes and that he was not in it.
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Walter Broadnax's page in the Eastern Virginia yearbook included a photo of his deceased grandmother beneath the heading "These are the people who have helped keep the dream alive". "I can't speak for Ralph, though", said Broadnax, whose entry also included a favourite Langston Hughes poem.
And NJ Governor Phil Murphy called on Northam to resign.
Northam did not specify which outfit he was wearing in the image, which has prompted calls for him to resign - including from several Democratic presidential hopefuls. Governor Northam has served the people of the Commonwealth faithfully for many years, but the events of the past 24 hours have inflicted enormous pain and irrevocably broken the trust Virginians must have in their leaders. The legislative Black Caucus, joined the chorus calling for his resignation after a tense meeting with Northam.
North Carolina's governor is calling on Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam to resign because of a photograph on Northam's yearbook profile page.
Northam also campaigned at an abortion facility when he was running for governor. They chanted "Resign now!"
The governor on Saturday continued to say that he would not step down from his post amid the controversy.
Mr Northam later released a video statement via Twitter in which he said he was "deeply sorry" for the offence the image had caused.
The governor of the USA state of Virginia Ralph Northam has resisted mounting pressure from his Democratic Party to resign after a photograph surfaced which he said showed him and another person in racist garb at a party decades earlier.