Push to honor Ashe with street
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.’ ”