In this episode, Kelli Lemon and Michael Paul Williams are talking with Dr. Wes Bellamy again. Bellamy, former vice mayor of Charlottesville and former member of the Charlottesville City Council, recalls the events immediately before, during and after the deadly Unite the Right Rally in 2017.
About After the Monuments
Co-hosted by Pulitzer-Prize winning columnist Michael Paul Williams and Kelli Lemon, After the Monuments captures the zeitgeist of a nation struggling to move from symbolic to substantive change on racial issues.
The podcast analyzes current events about race through a historical context, examining the ideas of leading Black thinkers over time, and encouraging broader and deeper insights into racial tensions, divisions and reconciliation.
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Williams and Lemon, both with the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Richmond, Va., engage with a wide range of guests to bring context, relevance and resonance to events, going well beyond breaking-news headlines.
Columns of RTD's Michael Paul Williams that won him a Pulitzer Prize
The original opponent of the Robert E. Lee statue issued a stern prophesy after the monument was erected in 1890.
We should have known this day was coming, because they knew this day was coming.
Christopher Columbus survived multiple voyages across the high seas. But his Richmond statue met an inglorious end at the bottom of a Byrd Park lake.
When a crane raised the 17 1/2 foot bronze statue off the granite pedestal, the weight of Richmond history became more bearable. But there's much heavier lifting to be done.
Hanover County appears intent to live on in infamy as the Prince Edward County of the 21st Century.
The moral arc bending toward justice is visible from Hill Monument Parkway, a North Side street named for the Confederate general.
Statues to the Confederate president, generals, soldiers and sailors have fallen by the wayside.