The country group most recently know as Lady Antebellum has announced they are changing their name, to Lady A.
“We’ve watched and listened more than ever these last few weeks, and our hearts have been stirred with conviction, our eyes opened wide to the injustices, inequality and biases black women and men have always faced and continue to face every day. Now, blind spots we didn’t even known existed have been revealed,” they wrote in a tweet this morning.
“After much personal reflection, band discussion, prayer and many honest conversations with some of our closest black friends and colleagues, we have decided to drop the word ‘antebellum’ from our name and move forward as Lady A, the nickname our fans gave us almost from the start,” they tweeted.
The band's tweet says the name was originally aimed at respecting the southern roots of their music, but they failed to take into consideration what that period of history means. Antebellum is the term used to refer to the period of American history prior to the Civil War, when slavery was legal and widespread.
"Causing pain was never our hearts' intention, but it doesn't change the fact that, indeed, it did just that," the band writes.
Here are the tweets: