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Race, reconciliation and remembrance

Hanover County is my home.At least seven generations of my family were born and raised here; freedmen founded our community’s church 151 years ago. I was horrified and disgusted to witness the tail end of a small Ku Klux Klan gathering 10 minutes from my house on Saturday....
Outside, U.S. congressman and civil rights icon John Lewis led an energetic crowd from the steps of the Virginia Museum of History and Culture in Richmond for the dedication of the newly minted Arthur Ashe Boulevard. Inside the museum, a town hall featuring several members of the Congressional Black...
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. House is slated to hold a hearing today on legislation that would establish a commission to consider reparations for the descendants of slaves.At least two Virginia lawmakers -- Democratic Reps. Gerry Connolly and Don Beyer -- are among the dozens of co-sponsors backing the legislation. The...
Inspired by bills that require some jobs historically held by black people to be paid at least minimum wage, Gov. Ralph Northam established the Commission to Examine Racial Inequity in Virginia Law.“The purpose of this commission is to review the Virginia Acts of Assembly, Code of Virginia and administrative regulations...
Slaves were treated well.Blacks fought in large numbers for the Confederacy.The Civil War was about states' rights.These are myths, spread to dress up the horrors of slavery and justify Confederates, historians say. Many have racist origins.Historians and others say we can never achieve racial peace in America unless we...
Gov. Ralph Northam wants to do an off-year review of the state’s K-12 history curriculum, an effort that has become more pressing since he committed the last years of his term to racial reconciliation.“The governor would like to have an off-cycle review of our history and civic curriculum, what...
The first time I moved to Richmond, in 2002, this city was a very different place in many ways, with the brewery and culinary explosion of today just a gleam in the eyes of people looking farther ahead than many of us at the time.That year, 83 people were...
If necessity is the mother of invention, she certainly had a hand in the formation of the Old Dominion Pharmaceutical Association more than 70 years ago.A group of black Virginia pharmacists — barred from joining the state's longstanding professional pharmacist association due to segregation — united their visions and...
Back in the early 2000s, when the Sacred Ground Historical Reclamation Project was launched to uncover an African burial ground in Richmond's Shockoe Bottom from beneath layers of asphalt, Ana Edwards and other advocates couldn't conceive of a Richmond that would be debating removing Confederate statues on Monument Avenue.Times...
Alexandra Zernik/ Capital News Service Descendants of those involved in the milestone Supreme Court decision preventing African Americans from becoming citizens will come together and share their story of reconciliation and repentance, 162 years after the decision. Lynne Jackson and Charles Taney will speak at the Claude G. Perkins Living and...