"We are very sorry": The country group Lady Antebellum changes its name to Lady A after 14 years because it is related to slavery in America
- The country band Lady Antebellum changed its name because of the word "Antebellum" and its associations with slavery
- The "Antebellum South" describes a time in the history of the southern United States between 1830 and 1860, when African Americans were enslaved by aristocrats
- The band, which has used the name since 2006, changes to its nickname Lady A, with members saying that they are now sorry and embarrassed
- Members Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood made the announcement on Thursday on their social media
The Grammy-winning Lady Antebellum group changes its name to Lady A, and members say they are sorry and ashamed of not taking into account the word's associations with slavery.
The band, consisting of Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood, announced the announcement on Thursday on their social media.
The statement said that they chose the name after the antebellum-style house where they took their first band photos, and it reminded them of southern music styles.
Change: Lady Antebellum (top in 2019) changes her name to Lady A, with members saying that they regret and are ashamed of the associations of the word with slavery.
But they have said in the past few weeks that their eyes have been opened for "blind spots that we didn't even know exist" and "the injustices, inequalities and prejudices that black women and men have always faced".
The "Antebellum South" describes a time in the history of the southern United States between 1830 and 1860, when many African Americans were enslaved by aristocrats.
The period in the history of the south was known for the economic growth of the region, mainly due to its strong dependence on slavery.
The "Antebellum Period" of the old South describes a period between 1830 and 1860 when many African Americans were enslaved by aristocrats
Address to their fans: The group published a long caption on Thursday
Take Action: Band members Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood have expressed regret for the name
Changes: In an Instagram post, the band said they felt "awakened".
The band, which has been using the name since 2006, deeply regrets the damage it has done and anyone who feels insecure, invisible or unrated.
"When we left together almost 14 years ago, we named our band after the southern antebellum-style house where we took our first photos," said the Nashville group.
"But we are sorry and ashamed to say that we did not take into account the associations that burden this word with regard to the pre-civil war period, including slavery."
"We deeply regret the damage this has caused and anyone who has felt insecure, invisible or unrated."
Regarding the illegal killing of the unarmed black man George Floyd and subsequent racial protests, the band said they had "watched and listened more than ever in the past few weeks."
Added: “Our hearings were moved with conviction, our eyes widened for the injustices, inequalities and prejudices with which black women and men are confronted every day.
& # 39; Deeply sorry & # 39;: The band has been using their name since 2006
The group stated that changing the band name was their obligation to "practice anti-racism".
"We will continue to educate ourselves, have tough conversations, and search the parts of our heart that need to be circumcised – to become better people, better neighbors," they wrote.
& # 39; Our next step outwards will be a donation to the Ladyaid Initiative for Equal Justice. Our prayer is, if we set a good example … with humility, love, empathy and action. & # 39;
"We can be better allies for those who suffer from spoken and unspoken injustices while influencing our children and future generations."
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