February 02, 2020

Historic Markers Honor Robinson and Hill

Richmond Times-Dispatch commentary as the Department of Historic Resources plans the Feb. 6 unveiling of  historic markers outside the federal courthouse where Robinson and Hill argued Davis v. County School Board of Prince Edward County and other historic cases. Read Margaret's Commentary.

WFTD Wins Honorable Mention in Scribes (American Society of Legal Writers) Book Award Competition

May 01, 2019

Roanoke Dedicates Oliver Hill Justice Center

Following unanimous approval by city council, Roanoke renamed the local courthouse in honor of Oliver W. Hill, who spent formative years in the city and first practiced law there. Read More.

February 16, 2019

Oliver Hill and Virginia's Blackface Scandal

How would Oliver Hill have regarded Virginia's current blackface scandal? While it's impossible to know, his actions in the 1965 Virginia gubernatorial contest shed light. Read Margaret's op-ed in the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

February 11, 2019

Who's Reading "We Face the Dawn."

The Washington Post's Daily 202 reports on recommended reading for Gov. Ralph Northam and others who want to learn more about Virginia's slave history. Read Here.

January 20, 2019

Remove and Replace Harry Byrd Plaque

Former Arlington Del. Bob Brink (now a member of the Capitol Square Preservation Council) and Margaret co-author a "local opinions" column in the Washington Post calling for revising the plaque accompanying the Harry Byrd Sr. statue on the Capitol grounds. Ignoring Byrd's pivotal role in Massive Resistance to school desegregation in the 1950s, the plaque currently commends the former senator and governor for embracing policies "in the best interests of all Virginians." Read the Column.

January 01, 2019

American Evolution, 2019 Commemoration, 1619-2019

Throughout 2019, Virginia will be celebrating the 400th anniversary of key historical events in state and national history, plus the nation's founding spirit. We Face the Dawn has earned a spot on the reading list for high schools across Virginia. See the full list.

September 22, 2018

Hill and Robinson Visit Roanoke

Thanks to Roanoke Times editor Dwayne Yancey for introducing readers to the critical role played by Oliver Hill and Spottwood Robinson in Virginian and American civil rights history. Read Dwayne's editorial Here

February 04, 2018

Author Q and A with University of Virginia Press

In We Face the Dawn: Oliver Hill, Spottswood Robinson, and the Legal Team that Dismantled Jim Crow, veteran journalist Margaret Edds tells the story of the NAACP attorneys who laid the groundwork for the pivotal Brown vs. Board of Education, and who eventually found themselves in the Supreme Court arguing for equality. . . .Edds agreed to answer a few questions about her work on this heroic, and hugely productive, legal team. Read more.

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The Beverly Allen Historic Preservation Foundation, honoring the efforts of the West Point 29 to desegregate local schools in the 1950s, awards a copy of We Face the Dawn to an area student in September 2018.