SOURCE: Washington Post
by Laura Brodie
The controversy over removing Robert E. Lee's portrait from diplomas at Washington and Lee University points to an uncomfortable truth: Lee's historical depiction as handsome has been a visual symbol of the Lost Cause that has contributed to acceptance of the pro-Confederate mythology.
SOURCE: Roanoke (VA) Times
The late Ted Delaney worked as a custodian at the Virginia university before earning a bachelor's degree and returning as a professor and ultimately history department chair. He was a longtime advocate for the university to address its links to the Confederacy and Lost Cause mythology.
SOURCE: Inside Higher Ed
Despite a protest movement by students and other stakeholders, Washington and Lee University's institutional changes in response to its legacy of slavery and ties to the Confederacy will not include rejecting Robert E. Lee's name.
SOURCE: New York Times
Ted DeLaney worked as a custodian at Washington and Lee before graduating at age 41, returned as a professor, became the school's first Black department chair, and pushed the school to confront the moral and ethical implications of venerating Robert E. Lee.
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