Richmond Confronts Past & Present

When a Ku Klux Klan Rally Taught Fear

Jul 6, 2017
William Arthur Swift/ Courtesy of Ball State University


Charlie Russell grew up on the west-side of Indianapolis in the 1950's. In his all-black neighborhood the racial violence of the south that he saw on television felt far away. While he had experienced discrimination, he had never experienced fear.  That changed, though, when he was in college in the blue-collar town of Muncie Indiana and the KKK held a rally. 

Richmond Mayor Calls for 'Context' to Confederate Monuments

Jun 22, 2017
Steve Helber / AP



The mayor of Virginia's capital city is weighing in on how to deal with Confederate monuments. Richmond mayor Levar Stoney announced Thursday he'd like to revamp Monument Avenue. The broad tree-lined boulevard in Richmond features memorials to several Confederate generals.

Jay Paul / Richmond Magazine


This week, Charlottesville City Council voted to remove its statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee. What to do with the monument has been part of an ongoing conversation about race that’s not limited to Charlottesville, but happening across Virginia. 

Virginians Take to the Streets in March on Monument

Jan 16, 2017
Kelley Libby / RadioIQ




This past Saturday, over 1,000 Richmonders streamed down Monument Avenue in solidarity with the Women’s March on Washington, planned for this weekend. The March on Monument drew a crowd of advocates from all corners of the Richmond social justice community. Nicki Stein was there and filed this report.

Mallory Noe-Payne / WVTF / RADIO IQ

After integration, historically black cemeteries around the state fell to the wayside, often unkempt, uncared for, and forgotten.