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Monumental: It Was Never About a Statue is a memoir from Dr. Bellamy, former vice-mayor and current city councilor, city of Charlottesville, Virginia, about the essence of the white supremacist attacks in his city and how a movement to awaken a nation was born.
Step into his shoes and hear what it felt like to be in the midst of a war for the soul of a community. Travel with Dr. Bellamy, the only African American city councilor at the time of the attack, on this journey through his personal lens that describes the untold story of a city grappling with the fight for equity while simultaneously fighting to right the wrongs of the past. Monumental covers the year before the white supremacist attacks and the year after as this small Southern city dominated national and international headlines and social media.
Dr. Bellamy writes, “They came with torches, they came with swords and shields, they came with guns. They came with signs that called me the N-Word, months earlier they tried to take my livelihood, break down my family, and send us all a message. It was clear this was deeper than a statue. My city was in the midst of a change that the world would see. This monumental shift would have ramifications felt across the world, and through my eyes, it was a fight that almost cost me everything, but it was all worth it."
Look through the eyes and the lens of Dr. Bellamy, who is often attributed, for better or worse, as the person who pushed the scene of events into the forefront. The removal of a statue is one thing, but this monumental shift, highlighting race, equity, and justice, was something more.
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- Anonymous User
This book really gave me an insider perspective on the thought process of Dr. Wes Bellamy. I admire his interest and stand up personality. This book explains why the suggested removal of the statue is critical for the growth of Charlottesville. The fight for equality has nothing to do with a statue but the statue is a constant reminder of the inequality amongst black and white people. I especially enjoyed the audio book and hearing the voice of the author himself Dr. Wes Bellamy Tonia Ray