Tag: civil rights

Ferdinand T. Day opens its doors

By Missy Schrott | mschrott@alextimes.com The walls have been color-coded by grade, a parking garage roof has been converted into a jungle gym and the...

Our View: Renaming Jefferson Davis Highway is long overdue

City council inched closer to renaming the part of Route 1 that runs through Alexandria from Jefferson Davis Highway to Richmond Highway on Tuesday...

The homeless man who made Alexandria civil rights history

By Jim McElhatton | Email Jim For years, James Lomax spent his afternoons on the same curb across from an Old Town church that serves...

Letter to the editor: A story of triumph over injustice

To the editor: I greatly appreciate your March 22 front-page article on Blois Hundley, “A school cook’s forgotten civil rights stand.” It provides valuable education...

Our View: What’s in a name?

Last week’s Alexandria Times contained a front page story about a courageous black woman named Blois Hundley, who in 1958 was fired from her...

A school cook’s forgotten civil rights stand

By Jim McElhatton  In the fall of 1958, longtime Alexandria schools superintendent Thomas Chambliss “T.C.” Williams took the unusual step of firing a black school...

ACPS chooses name for West End elementary school

After releasing its shortlist of possible names earlier this month, the Alexandria City School Board has chosen an Alexandrian civil rights activist and longtime...

Out of the Attic: The history behind celebrating Martin Luther King...

This April marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Like many cities and towns across the nation, Alexandria is...

Our View: An un’fair’ encounter at an Alexandria gym

It’s easy to stand up for free speech and to defend another’s civil rights if we agree with the statement and the cause. It...

Remembering slavery in a city built on bondage

As Alexandria continues to explore and tout its rich Civil War history during the sesquicentennial, historians say the role of free blacks, slaves and...
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