From the New York Times: A New Hope for Dreams Suspended by Segregation.
Five decades after Virginia ignored the actions of Prince Edward County and other locales that shut down their public schools in support of segregation, the state is making a rare effort to confront its racist past, in effect apologizing and offering reparations in the form of scholarships.
With a $1 million donation from the billionaire media investor John Kluge and a matching amount from the state, Virginia is providing up to $5,500 a year for any state resident... who was denied a proper education when public schools shut down. So far, more than 80 people have been approved for the scholarships, and the number is expected to rise. Several thousand are potentially eligible, many of them now well into their 60's.
I'm glad to see this. It's personal for me, since my mother's people settled this part of Virginia. She tried to redeem their sins by going to jail in 1961 (criminal trespass at a drugstore lunch counter - first integrated sit-in in the South -Lynchburg, VA, 50 miles from the NY Times article's location).
Gestures such as this one are part of the effort to heal the past. The actual wrongs may not be righted, but the acknowledgment of those wrongs and their effects helps heal problems of the present day.