Race Relations

AP Photo / Steve Helber, File

Views about race relations remain incredibly complicated in America, even a year after the riot in Charlottesville.

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. 

Chronicling Desegregation Before Primary Sources Disappear

Jun 8, 2016
DOVE Archives/Old Dominion

Virginia historians want your relics -- photos, letters, newspapers, yearbooks -- all in an effort to chronicle desegregation in the state.

For more than 8 years, a database of primary sources related to the Commonwealth’s struggle to integrate its schools has quietly been growing at Old Dominion University. 

How Big Data Reveals Bias in Virginia Courts

Jun 6, 2016

The justice system is supposed to be impartial and fair. Many, though, assume justice isn’t blind when it comes to matters of race or income. But now an unlikely pair -- a lawyer, and a software engineer -- have used data to uncover bias in Virginia’s courts. 

Truthful History Heals

Jun 1, 2016
artwork by Spencer Turner

Throughout Virginia, the conversation about confederate monuments is a sticky one.  So a new art exhibition in Richmond is making the conversation visual. It’s an effort to have more voices heard in the debate about the future of confederate statues on Monument Avenue.