New quarters honor Maya Angelou

The United States Mint said Monday it has begun shipping quarters featuring the image of poet Maya Angelou, the first coins in its American Women Quarters Program.

Nikole Hannah-Jones: ‘We’ve been taught the history of a country that does not exist’

Following a year of professional mile- stones born of her work on America’s history of slavery, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones said she is clear-eyed about her mission to force a reckoning around the nation’s self-image.

Democratic AGs continue fight seeking recognition of ERA

Three Democratic attorneys general on Monday sought to persuade a federal appeals court to revive a lawsuit to force the federal government to recognize Virginia’s 2020 vote to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment and add it to the Constitution.

Charlottesville’s Lee statue to be melted down for new art

The statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee that drew violent protests to Charlottesville will be melted down and turned into a new piece of public art by an African-American heritage center.

Two men exonerated in assassination of Malcolm X after more than 50 years

More than half a century after the assassination of Malcolm X, two of his convicted killers were exonerated last week after decades of doubt about who was responsible for the civil rights icon’s death.

Jury awards $25M in damages to victims of white nationalist violence in Charlottesville rally

A federal jury in Charlottesville, looking into deadly “Unite the Right” white nationalist rally in Charlottesville in August 2017, found defendants liable in four out of six counts and awarded $25 million in damages, according to media reports on Tuesday.

Fields loses appeal in murder conviction from Charlottesville rally

The Ohio man sent to prison for driving his car into a crowd of counterprotesters during a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville in August 2017 has lost his bid to appeal his conviction, the Court of Appeals of Virginia ruled ...

Neo-Nazis sentenced for planning attack at Richmond rally

Two neo-Nazi group members were sentenced on Oct. 28 to nine years in prison each in a case that highlighted a broader federal crackdown on far-right extremists.

Jury selection begins in federal lawsuit against white supremacist organizers of deadly Charlottesville ‘Unite the Right’ rally

The violence at the white nationalists “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville in 2017 shocked the nation, with people beaten to the ground, lighted torches thrown at counterdemonstrators and a self- proclaimed Hitler admirer ramming his car into a crowd, ...

Murder trial of three white men in the death of jogger Ahmaud Abery refocuses national spotlight

The glare of the national spotlight is focused on this small city of 16,000 on the Georgia coast that is the now epicenter of the sensational racial profiling trial of three white men accused of murder in the slaying of ...

Tennessee city adds statue honoring Black Civil War soldiers

Four years ago, a deadly white supremacist riot in Charlottesville, Va., led pastors in the Tennessee city of Franklin to call for the removal of a Confederate monument in their town square. A lawsuit and political maneuverings made that impractical, ...

Gen. Colin Powell and his legacy in the struggle

As an American leader, Gen. Colin Powell’s credentials were impeccable: He was national security adviser, chairman of the Joint Chiefs and secretary of state. But his legacy as the first Black person in those roles is murkier, with some African-Americans ...

Former President Obama, First Lady Jill Biden, other big-name Dems to stump for McAuliffe

Former President Obama and other prominent Democrats are headed to Virginia in a bid to rally voters for the party’s candidate for governor, Terry McAuliffe.

Grandparents may hold key to overcoming COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy

Black seniors who themselves are vaccinated could be the trusted messengers the community needs to push the COVID-19 vaccination, public health experts said at a recent news briefing.

Pharrell Williams says ‘toxic energy’ tanked 2nd ‘Something in the Water’ in Va. Beach

Hometown or no hometown, music superstar Pharrell Wil- liams is pulling his hugely successful “Something in the Water” music festival out of Virginia Beach.