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"If you can mock us, you can legislate and govern against us and nobody will care," the Rev. Al Sharpton says in addressing Virginia's blackface controversy. Read more

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Updated: Monument Avenue Commission's report recommends new signs, additional monuments and possible removal of the Jefferson Davis statute. Read more

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Musician and author Daryl Davis is on a mission that some call heroic and others quixotic: making friends with white supremacists. Read more

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University of Richmond history professor Julian Hayter's new book, "The Dream is Lost: Voting Rights and the Politics of Race in Richmond, Virginia" tells a story that is both triumphant and achingly dispiriting. Read more

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Black Minds Matter events at VCU seek to promote discussion, education, empowerment and healing for people of color affected by racism. Read more

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Some of Richmond's most brilliant minds converged at the second portion of the Unmasking series and examined how race filters into many aspects of the city's past and present. Read more

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On Dec. 7, nearly 200 Richmonders came together for one purpose: to listen, learn and grow through honest dialogue about race. Read more

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The Cauldron of Jackson Ward Series (Part 1 of 3): From his father’s storefront, civil rights activist James E. Jackson Jr. saw the plight of exploited black workers and his community’s stand against racism — both touchstones for his life’s work. Read more

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In libraries, attics and basements across the commonwealth, report cards, high school newspapers, yearbooks and other material from Virginia’s desegregation era lie forgotten. The DOVE project wants them. Read more

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The Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia's long effort to renew the armory of the First Battalion Virginia Volunteers culminates in an opening weekend. Read more

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Artists capture dancers' movements, and dancers interpret theatrical works. Plus, there’s Easter on Parade, the opening of VCU’s annual undergraduate art exhibitions and a visit by radio and TV personality Sway Calloway for an RVA film premiere. Read more

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Latinos, many-cultured and multihued, are looking for a Richmond story that goes beyond black and white Read more

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Richie Pope hopes his illustration will pull the renowned civil rights leader out of the pages of history and into our present lives. Read more

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Much of the criticism of black student activism at VCU misses the point Read more

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In the era of #BlackLivesMatter, Richmond’s Police Department and its Young Adult Police Commission seek mutual understanding. Read more

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Ahead of a VCU and VUU-hosted symposium on race, the former Governor weighs in on the Black Lives Matter movement, his plans for a national slavery museum, and the city's 2016 mayoral race. Read more

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The interracial, intergenerational effort to preserve a neighborhood’s stories – and build a new community. Read more

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The Fifth Annual Virginia Commonwealth University Southern Film Festival shows the tangled interrelations of its musical heritage and its presentation in film. Read more

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In a changed city and media climate, The Richmond Free Press moves into a future without founder Ray Boone Read more

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Lately, on social media and in coffee shops, a tone of indignation and righteousness (a terrible combination) is directed toward the statues of Monument Avenue. The drift goes that the bearded and booted Confederate chieftains should go. Again. Read more

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