Push to honor Ashe with street

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A move­ment to re­name a Rich­mond, Vir­ginia, thor­ough­fare for ground­break­ing black ten­nis player Arthur Ashe Jr. is crest­ing just as the state finds it­self in tur­moil over a black­face scan­dal in­volv­ing the gover­nor and at­tor­ney gen­eral.

The man be­hind the street re­nam­ing said the con­flu­ence of the two un­re­lated de­vel­op­ments in­volv­ing race and his­tory could be­come an op­por­tu­nity to start a con­ver­sa­tion about race at a piv­otal time.

“If we can re­name the Boule­vard af­ter him, it would be a huge cul­tural step for­ward. This is where we can start with rec­on­cil­i­a­tion and we can start talk­ing about the is­sues,” Ashe’s nephew, David Har­ris Jr., said.

“It would be an op­por­tu­nity for the City Coun­cil to be lead­ers on this. We know what’s go­ing on down the street at the state Capi­tol. This would be a way for the City Coun­cil to say, ‘We want to show you the way.’ ”

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