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Race, reconciliation and remembrance

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...
By Katja Timm/ Capital News Service If Civil War history is to be displayed across the American South, it must be portrayed fairly and accurately with an open dialogue about racial disparities in the region, the former mayor of New Orleans told Richmond’s mayor Tuesday. Former New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu...
By Kaytlin Nickens/ Capital News Service The Oscar-winning film “Green Book” has spurred interest in the original Negro Motorist Guide that many African-Americans consulted when traveling in the South during the Jim Crow era. Virginia, and especially Richmond, played a key role in the book’s development. The movie depicts the African-American...
By Kaytlin Nickens/ Capital News ServiceThe commissioner of the Virginia Department of Health faces backlash after stating that most white people are unconsciously “pro-white” and “anti-black.”Dr. Norman Oliver’s remarks came through a weekly message last week sent to VDH employees. Oliver, who is African-American, was addressing the controversy over...
Virginia's political scandals reflect a troubled history and intersect racism, gender and sexual violence — issues some of us navigate daily.Journalist and professor Melissa Harris-Perry tweeted Friday night that "observers are wringing hands over the 'racist v rapist' dilemma facing ," a reference to the troubling trifecta of scandals embroiling Gov. Ralph Northam,...
By Kaytlin Nickens/Capital News ServiceOutlining a “dark and shameful chapter of American history,” state legislators have unanimously passed resolutions to “acknowledge with profound regret the existence and acceptance of lynching” in Virginia, where more than 80 people — mostly African-American men — were killed by mobs in the decades...
Gov. Ralph Northam is in full-fledged image rehabilitation mode, appearing in a nationally televised interview on CBS Sunday night and pledging himself to racial reconciliation in the wake of the furor over a racist photo that appeared on his medical school yearbook page.The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported Monday night that...
By Owen FitzGerald/ Capital News Service  Redemption was a word used repeatedly Monday as five black leaders from across Virginia urged state legislators to rescind statements calling for Gov. Ralph Northam’s resignation following his blackface photo scandal. On the steps of the Capitol, former Richmond City Council Member Henry “Chuck” Richardson...
An overwhelming number of Democratic elected leaders think Gov. Ralph Northam should resign after a racist photo from Northam's 1984 medical school yearbook began circulating Friday after it was published by a conservative website"We are so deeply saddened by the news that has been revealed today. We are having trouble...