Trombone Dude turns it up near the base of the Lee statue.
On Friday evening, local artist Dustin Klein projects on the base of the Lee statue an image of Richmond hometown hero Arthur Ashe Jr. in honor of the tennis great’s birthday on July 10. The photo shows Mr. Ashe holding up the championship trophy after his historic win in the men’s singles competition at Wimbledon on July 5, 1975.
Scores of protesters wore black, carried signs and made noise in a peaceful “Reclamation Revival” demonstration Sunday that began with a walk from Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School in the East End to City Hall in Downtown. Protesters emphasized racial justice and the urgent need for police reform during the march and at the final sit-in on Marshall Street outside City Hall.
Jasmin McDougle, 23, of Virginia Beach brings attention to justice for Elijah McClain, the 23-year-old massage therapist who died after a police encounter in Aurora, Colo., on Aug. 24, 2019. He was walking home from a convenience store when he was stopped by police and put in a chokehold. Paramedics called to the scene administered ketamine to sedate him. He died seven days later after being removed from life support. Three officers involved were put on administrative leave at the time and have since been re-assigned. A main demand of protesters, including this peaceful sit-in last Friday at the Lee statue by the 381 Movement, is to stop the police killing of African-Americans and people of color.
Naomi Isaac, left, and Chelsea Higgs Wise lead a group called “Defend Black Life” during Sunday’s march to City Hall from Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School. The group seeks a range of police and justice reforms, including establishing an independent civilian review board to investigate alleged police misconduct and reopening the case of Marcus-David Peters, the 24-year-old biology teacher who, naked and unarmed, was killed by a Richmond Police officer in May 2018 during what has been described as a mental crisis.
Lux Aghomo, 17, front, uses a small bullhorn to start the chants during RISE For Youth’s “Extra Mile for Justice Parade” last Saturday at Monroe Park to benefit the organization’s inaugural youth development academy to start next year.
Patricia Robinson, 29, and her daughter, Dejahna Tyler, 7, enjoy the sunshine and each other’s company during a recent outing at Jefferson Park in Church Hill. The family lives in North side.
From hand-held signs to spray paint on statue pedestals and banners, the proclamation that Black Lives Matter, or BLM, is visible across the city. Here, a sunflower adds a splash of color to a supportive homemade flag flying in front of a home in The Fan. Location: Kensington Avenue.
Crepe myrtle in Downtown
LaChandra L. Pace pauses during last Saturday’s cleanup at historic Woodland Cemetery in Henrico County to talk with volunteers about her uncle, tennis champion and human rights advocate Arthur Ashe Jr., who is buried in the cemetery. The Woodland Cemetery Volunteers held a “birthday cleanup” in honor of Mr. Ashe, who would have been 77 on July 10. Mr. Ashe is one of dozens of African-American luminaries buried in the private cemetery at 2300 Magnolia Road that dates to 1916.