Country music band Lady Antebellum announced yesterday that they are changing their name to Lady A, due to the word antebellum’s association with the pre-Civil War south. “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,” Lady A members Hillary Scott, Charles Kelly and Dave Haywood said. They explained that they were originally named after the southern, antebellum-style home where they took their first photos together and admit not taking the racist associations around the word into account. Lady A said they will continue to educate themselves and will practice anti-racism. The band will be making a donation to the Equal Justice Initiative through their LadyAID fund.