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Bishop Lewis to lead Virginia Conference of United Methodist Church

Bishop Sharma D. Lewis, the first African-American woman to be elected a bishop in the United Methodist Church’s Southeastern Jurisdiction, will lead the United Methodist Church’s Virginia Conference for the next four years.
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Hayden is new Librarian of Congress

The U. S. Senate has confirmed Dr. Carla D. Hayden as the 14th Librarian of Congress. The 74-18 vote for the nominee of President Obama for the key position came on July 13. Dr. Hayden is the first African-American and ...
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Judge Roger Gregory makes history again

The son of humble tobacco factory workers is about to reach a new pinnacle in his legal career. On July 9, Judge Roger L. Gregory will become the chief judge of the powerful 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in ...
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First African-American named head of largest Presbyterian denomination

PORTLAND, Ore. The largest Presbyterian denomination in the United States has elected its first African-American top executive. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson II won an overwhelming majority of votes last Friday during the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in ...
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VSU grad crowned Miss USA

Deshauna Barber has brains and beauty, and she’s a commander in the Army Reserve to boot. The 2011 Virginia State University graduate now adds another title: Miss USA 2016. Miss Barber, 26, who represented the District of Columbia in Sunday’s ...
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Power to vote

David Mosby no longer feels like a second-class citizen. After years of being barred from the ballot box because of his criminal record, the 46-year-old home improvement contractor is finally able to vote and fully take part in the life ...
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TIME features photo by Regina H. Boone

Award-winning photographer Regina H. Boone has pricked the nation’s conscience with her poignant photograph of a rash-covered child affected by the lead-contaminated water in Flint, Mich. The former Richmond Free Press photographer’s image of 2-year-old Sincere Smith is featured on ...
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Dr. Royal named chief of staff at HCA hospitals

Dr. Erica M. Royal’s medical responsibilities have increased exponentially in 2016. The Richmonder is the new chief of the medical staff at HCA’s Henrico Doctors’ Hospital, Parham Doctors’ Hospital and Retreat Doctors’ Hospital.
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Historic church in Alexandria pledges $1M to Smithsonian

Alfred Street Baptist Church in Alexandria, one of the nation’s oldest historically African-American churches in the nation, has pledged $1 million to the Smithsonian’s new National Museum of African American History and Culture.
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Faulkner wins top pro bowl prize

Gary Faulkner Jr. is the winner of the Professional Bowlers Association’s World Championship. Faulkner, 25, of Memphis, Tenn., won the tournament Thursday, Dec. 17, to become just the second African-American to win a title in the PBA’s 57-year history.
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Serena Williams named Sportsperson of the Year

Serena Williams, who held all four of tennis’ grand slam titles for the second time in her career and won 53 of 56 matches in 2015, was named Sportsperson of the Year by Sports Illustrated magazine Monday.
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60 years after Rosa Parks’ arrest launched modern civil rights era, ‘our work isn’t finished’

MONTGOMERY, ALA. While Rosa Parks became a symbol of the Civil Rights Movement when she refused to give up her seat on a segregated Alabama bus, the 60th anniversary of her arrest also highlighted lesser-known pioneers of the bus boycott ...
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Denzel preaches gratitude at C.O.G.I.C. gathering

Hollywood star Denzel Washington, the son of a pastor, preached a sermon of gratefulness to hundreds of members of the Church of God in Christ at their annual Holy Congregation in downtown St. Louis.
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Bishop Curry is first African-American leader of U.S. Episcopal Church

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, installed Sunday as the first African-American leader of the U.S. Episcopal Church, urged Episcopalians to evangelize by crossing divides of race, education and wealth.
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Simone Biles wins 3rd world championship

Simone Biles reigns as the queen of gymnastics. The 18-year-old American continued her dominance by winning her third straight world championship, beating Olympic champion and teammate Gabby Douglas last week at the gymnastic competition in Glasgow.
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