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‘A great oak has fallen’

Hundreds of mourners gathered last Saturday to celebrate the life of Dr. Allix B. James, president emeritus of Virginia Union University, who died Sept. 26 at age 92.
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Amelia Boynton Robinson, civil rights activist, dies at 104

Free Press staff, wire reports MONTGOMERY, Ala. Amelia Boynton Robinson helped change America. The first African-American woman to run for Congress served on the front lines during the Civil Rights Movement. Almost beaten to death in a march for voting ...
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NBA’s ‘Chocolate Thunder’ Darryl Dawkins dies at 58

Darryl Dawkins was a mountain of a man with a persona to match. To the delight of fans and the media, he shattered backboards, gave poetic names to his power dunks, sparked the invention of the breakaway rim and made ...
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Cleo Hill Sr., 77, CIAA star, first-round NBA pick, dies

Cleo Hill Sr., one of the CIAA’s all-time basketball greats, has died. He was 77. Following a lengthy illness, Mr. Hill died Monday, Aug. 10, 2015, at his home in Orange, N.J.
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Virginian inducted into Pro Football Hall of Fame

Virginia is known as the “birthplace of presidents.” It’s also a cradle of NFL pass-rushing, quarterback-crunching defensive Hall of Famers. With the induction of Charles Haley on Aug. 8 into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Virginia can claim five ...
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Musical homegoing for Maggie Ingram

The Ingramettes delivered a powerful farewell to Mother Maggie Ingram at her homegoing service Thursday, July 2, at Saint Paul’s Baptist Church in Henrico County.
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Serena wins 20th major trophy at French Open

Nothing, absolutely nothing, could stop Serena Williams from winning her 20th grand slam singles title. She joyously bounced around in delight as she hoisted the glistening French Open trophy last Saturday.
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Lettie Coleman Madison, 105, developed social work department at VUU

For more than a century — 105 years to be exact — Lettie Coleman Madison used her vast reservoir of talents and experiences to help transform the lives of others. The daughter of a sharecropper and granddaughter of freed slaves, ...
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Former Globetrotter Marques Haynes dies at 89

Marques Haynes’ dribbling skills wowed fans in more than 100 countries. He was a showstopper, a player who helped make the Harlem Globetrotters beloved ambassadors of basketball around the world.
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WWI soldiers receive long overdue honors

President Obama on Tuesday awarded posthumous Medals of Honor to two soldiers from World War I, one an African-American and the other a Jew, who arguably were denied the honor earlier because of discrimination. The medals, the United States’ highest ...
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Richmonder recalls meeting legendary pitcher Satchel Paige

Thanks to Richmond Free Press reader Joe Brown for alerting and informing us that Satchel Paige’s legendary baseball career included an historic trip to Virginia’s capital city. In fact, the last time Paige hurled a horsehide in a competitive game ...
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History-making golfers die days apart

Two of professional golf’s successful African-American golfers have died — Calvin Peete and Pete Brown. Mr. Peete, the most successful African-American professional golfer on the PGA Tour prior to Tiger Woods, died Wednesday, April 29, 2015, in Atlanta.
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From R&B to gospel, Barky’s has changed with the times

When Barksdale “Barky” Haggins opened Barky’s Record Shop in 1956 in Downtown, some people were determined to see he didn’t stay in business for long. “White record distributors in Richmond wouldn’t sell me records to stock the store,” the affable ...
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Eddie Murphy to receive top humor prize

Eddie Murphy, famous for his standup routines, films and his early breakout on television’s “Saturday Night Live,” will be awarded the top U.S. prize for humor this year by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, officials announced ...
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R&B icon Percy Sledge dies at 74

Percy Sledge, the R&B legend whose song “When a Man Loves a Woman,” has become a “first-dance” anthem for newlyweds at wedding receptions, has died at his home in Baton Rouge, La. He was 74. William “Beau” Clark, coroner for ...
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