Rep. Bobby Scott is guest speaker at the Harrison Museum of African American Culture

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Rep. Bobby Scott is guest speaker at the Harrison Museum of African American Culture

Wednesday evening Congressman Bobby Scott was the special guest speaker at the African-American Culture Leadership Reception at the Harrison Museum of African-American Culture in Center in the Square. Scott, 69, shared his life experiences as an African-American. “For African-Americans, in particular those in Virginia, there’s always been a struggle between ‘all men are created equal’ […]

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Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam on voting rights, healthcare and educating the workforce

Monday, June 20, 2016

Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam on voting rights, healthcare and educating the workforce

Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam and 2017 gubernatorial candidate made a sweep thru Roanoke Sunday first attending the Metropolitan Community Church of the Blue Ridge in Southeast. MCC has held vigils for the 49 victims of the Orlando Florida shooting at the Pulse, a gay nightclub. Following a fundraiser Northam was keynote speaker at the Third […]

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Reps. James Clyburn and Bobby Scott today on voting rights restoration for felons

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Reps. James Clyburn and Bobby Scott today on voting rights restoration for felons

On a conference call today Assistant Democratic Leader Congressman James Clyburn who represents South Carolina’s 6th congressional district and Virginia’s 3rd district representative, Congressman Bobby Scott answered questions regarding Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s move to restore voting rights to 206,000 felons. Each felon has whose voting rights were restored completed their probation and/or parole. No gun […]

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Confederate flaggers emboldened by Roanoke Times article – make threats

Friday, December 18, 2015

Confederate flaggers emboldened by Roanoke Times article - make threats

What sounds like a threat against the NAACP and more planned protests followed The Roanoke Times online post today. The Roanoke Times reporter, Matt Chittum, is a hit with the Confederate flag supporters who infiltrated the Roanoke Christmas parade December 11. Chittum interview good ol’ boy Daniel Highberger who founded Sons of Liberty Southwest Virginia […]

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Alphonzo Holland remembered for his N&W years

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Alphonzo Holland remembered for his N&W years

Alphonzo Holland passed away Saturday, December 12, at the age of 98. He worked at Norfolk and Western railroad for 46 years. A quote hangs on the wall at the Virginia Museum of Transportation. “At first we had a segregated union … then we got sick leave, vacation and hospitalization. When I first worked on […]

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Gainsboro History Walk wins 2015 Grassroots Planning Award

Friday, August 7, 2015

Gainsboro History Walk wins 2015 Grassroots Planning Award

The American Planning Association of Virginia selected the Gainsboro History Walk Interpretive Panels project for the 2015 Grassroots Planning Award during their annual conference held in Norfolk July 19-22.  The project was the culmination of efforts undertaken by a grassroots committee comprised of neighborhood representatives and staff from Hill Studios who worked for over two years to design a way to […]

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Senators Warner, Kaine, Hillary Clinton, DPVA chair recognize the 50th anniversary or the Voting Rights Act

Thursday, August 6, 2015

U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) today marked the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon B. Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act by renewing their call for the Senate to take up legislation that would restore and advance voting protections for all Americans. On June 24, Sens. Warner and Kaine introduced the […]

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Why the presidential candidate shoutdown at Netroots Nation 2015

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Two of the activists, Tia Oso and Patrisse Cullers of Black Lives Matter explain in a press release “Why We Shut Down the Presidential Forum at Netroots Nation 2015.” PHOENIX—The Netroots Nation conference is the largest gathering of progressive voices in the United States. On Saturday, July 18, 2015, thousands of people gathered at the […]

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Rep. Goodlatte skewered at Voting Rights Rally – Video

Friday, June 26, 2015

Rep. Goodlatte skewered at Voting Rights Rally - Video

See video at the end of this article “We don’t have voting rights like we use to” is sung. On June 25, 2013, the Court ruled by a 5-to-4 vote Section 4(b) of the Voting Rights Act was declared unconstitutional. It contains the coverage formula that determines which jurisdictions are subjected to preclearance based on […]

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Governor McAuliffe calls for removal of confederate battle flag from Virginia license plates

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Governor McAuliffe calls for removal of confederate battle flag from Virginia license plates

RICHMOND – While speaking at an event today in Richmond, Governor Terry McAuliffe made the following statement in response to the tragic shooting at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC and the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision declaring that states can restrict license plate designs: “Before I address some very positive developments regarding my administration’s continuing […]

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Roanoke comes together to share the pain of Charleston’s Emanuel AME Church – slideshow

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Roanoke comes together to share the pain of Charleston's Emanuel AME Church - slideshow

Friday was Juneteenth (June 19) the day Texas slaves in America finally received word they were free. It is met every year with celebration. But this year just 2 days earlier horror struck the whole nation. Nine African Americans in a bible study class were murdered. The white perpetrator entered the church and was welcomed […]

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Mayor starts off NAACP Citizen of the Year Awards with “top ten reasons” – video

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Mayor starts off NAACP Citizen of the Year Awards with

Friday night in an opening monologue Mayor David Bowers performed a Dave Letterman like “top ten” reasons to be at the Roanoke Branch NAACP 17th Annual Citizen of the Year Awards banquet. Bowers is rumored to be following in Letterman’s footsteps and retiring from public office. That is the latest in up and down plans […]

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