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Editorial Roundup: Georgia

Oct. 21, 2020 10:45 AM EDT

Recent editorials from Georgia newspapers: ___ Oct. 18 The Valdosta Daily Times on Gov. Brian Kemp extending Georgia's coronavirus restrictions: Gov. Brian Kemp’s extension of COVID-19 restrictions is hollow and of little consequence. His gutted restrictions are meaningless unless enforced. Going on...

Georgia campus shows spirit despite cancelled homecoming

Oct. 17, 2020 10:32 AM EDT

VALDOSTA, Ga. (AP) — College students at one south Georgia campus are showing their school spirit despite the cancellation of homecoming. Administrators at Valdosta State University pulled the plug on homecoming events scheduled for this weekend as a precaution against coronavirus infections. And the Gulf...

Columbus statue wrapped in plastic; mayor recommends removal

Oct. 12, 2020 3:58 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — City crews covered a statue of Christopher Columbus in Pittsburgh in advance of Columbus Day following a recommendation from the mayor that it be removed from a city park and placed in a private location yet to be determined. Mayor Bill Peduto said Friday that he agreed with the...

Virginia student makes art for rapper Wale, of Nipsey Hussle

Oct. 11, 2020 9:00 AM EDT

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — The past 12 months have been high-profile ones for Roanoke artist Bryce Cobbs. Maybe you’ve seen the recently unveiled mural on 11th Avenue Northwest, with hip-hop legend Nipsey Hussle at its center. Cobbs painted that. You’ve surely driven Campbell Avenue Southwest, where...

Zena Howard, principal and managing director of the architecture firm Perkins+Will, speaks during a ground breaking ceremony for the new North Carolina Freedom Park, located between the North Carolina State Legislative Building and the Governor's Mansion, and designed by the late architect Phil Freelon, on Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020, in Raleigh, N.C. (Casey Toth/The News & Observer via AP)

Work starts on N.C. state monument to Black experience

Oct. 7, 2020 5:11 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — An illuminated piece of public art called Beacon of Freedom will be built in downtown Raleigh as part of the first state monument to the African American experience in North Carolina. While there are many statues celebrating the accomplishments of white people in the area around the...

‘Black Space Matters’ exhibit changes asphalt lot to garden

Oct. 6, 2020 4:45 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A local activist transformed a vacant lot outside the Institute for Contemporary Art in Richmond to highlight issues of food security and the importance of Black and brown community spaces. The “Commonwealth” exhibit at Virginia Commonwealth University’s ICA...

FILE - In this Jan. 20, 2009, file photo, Elizabeth Alexander recites a poem during swearing-in ceremonies at the Capitol in Washington. Alexander is the president of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, which announced Monday, Oct. 5, 2020, it is spending $250 million on a five-year effort called the

Mellon launches $250M project to remake American monuments

Oct. 5, 2020 12:53 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — At a time of intense scrutiny in America over who is commemorated in public parks or in front of courthouses, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation announced Monday it is spending $250 million over five years to build new monuments or memorials, add context to already existing ones and...