While the nation reflects on the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s "I Have A Dream" speech in Washington, a Virginia historian looks at the Commonwealth’s role in the civil rights movement and where it stands today.
Virginia may be best known for its Massive Resistance against school integration as the civil rights movement progressed. The Library of Virginia’s Gregg Kimball says King and some other civil rights leaders confronted racism with events like the March on Washington and bus boycotts.
A special panel of the Freedom of Information Advisory Council has declined to endorse legislation to require the State Corporation Commission to comply with many provisions of Virginia’s open-government laws.
The Rights and Remedies subcommittee took up the issue at the request of a Fairfax Delegate who believes that many of the SCC’s activities are too shielded from the public.