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      What happens when the Center cannot hold, the Left can’t get its act together, the Revolution is betrayed, good people do nothing,… Read More »Civil Wars

Happy 150th Birthday, United Italy

March 17, 2011 marks the sesquicentennial of the Risorgimento, the unification of  modern Italy.  The Italian Embassy website has information and a lists of events.

JJ Weekend: Black History Presentation

Sen. Marsh, Del. Cunningham, Chair Moran, Del. Reid, Mrs. Morris-Harris

A new addition to JJ weekend was a presentation by the Democratic Black Caucus on Richmond’s important black historical landmarks sites, chaired by DBC President Evelyn Morris-Harris.  State Senator Henry Marsh and former Delegate Ferguson Reid shared their recollections and Party Chair Brian Moran presented former Delegate Jean Cunningham with a resolution thanking her for her work as Chair of the State Electoral Board.  Sites include the Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia, the Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site, the Virginia Civil Rights Memorial on the State Capitol Grounds, and the Virginia Slavery Reconciliation Statue.  Fortunately, and after many meetings, it was a beautiful day to go out and at least see the monuments.  The Civil Rights memorial recalls the efforts of 16-year old Barbara Johns leading a protest of inferior educational facilities at the segregated Moten High School in Farmville in 1951; the resulting lawsuit was consolidated with Brown v. Board and led to the end of segregation.  E.J. Scott discussed the Reconciliation statue, which with its companions in Liverpool, England and Benin, represents remembrance, reconciliation, and healing.  Read on for Senator Marsh and Delegate Reid’s comments.Read More »JJ Weekend: Black History Presentation