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Crusade for Voters history detailed in new book

Kimberly A. Matthews was surprised that no one had ever written a history of the Richmond Crusade for Voters, the oldest African-American political organization in continuous operation in the state.

Music, more this weekend at 8th Annual Richmond Jazz Festival

Thousands of music fans will be in Richmond this weekend to enjoy jazz, blues and funk from more than two dozen artists performing at the 8th Annual Richmond Jazz Festival.

Prince Hall Origin Masons in city this weekend

Nearly 200 Masons are expected in Richmond for the 124th Annual Grand Communication of The Most Worshipful Saint John’s Grand Lodge of Free & Accepted Ancient Yorkrite Masons, Prince Hall Origin-National Compact. The five-day state convention opened Wednesday, Aug. 9, ...

27th Annual Down Home Family Reunion Aug. 19

EU, the Washington-based, go-go music group, is headlining the 27th Annual Down Home Family Reunion from 4 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19, at Abner Clay Park, Leigh Street and Brook Road in Jackson Ward.

New Virginia Majority hosts cookout for former inmates, families

The New Virginia Majority will host a community cookout this weekend for people who have been incarcerated and their family and friends, it has been announced.

50th reunion for Walker Class of 1967

Members of the Maggie L. Walker Class of 1967 will gather for their 50th reunion next week.

African-American experience coin and stamp exhibit Aug. 20

An exhibit of coins and stamps telling the story of the African-American experience will be on view from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 20, at the Robinson Theater Community Arts Center, 2903 Q St. in Church Hill.

McEachin task force to host forum on special needs students

A task force created by Congressman A. Donald McEachin of Henrico will host an education forum on Saturday, Aug. 12, to help parents understand their rights and the resources available for special needs students. “I’m bringing this task force together ...

Pulitzer winner Tracy K. Smith named U.S. poet laureate

Tracy K. Smith, who won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 2012, has been named the nation’s 22nd poet laureate, and her recognition is being trumpeted in more than the usual places.

Siblings bring own organ donation experience to Minority Donor Awareness Week

Malcolm K. Bradford feels fortunate that he had a sister willing to donate a kidney when both of his failed. “People who were in dialysis with me are still on the waiting list” for an organ transplant, said the 47-year-old ...

Grand opening Aug.1 of Southside Community Center

A grand opening is planned for next week for the Southside Community Center, the newest addition to the city’s inventory of recreation centers.

Ph.D. rapper bringing hip-hop to U.Va. classroom

A.D. Carson isn’t concerned about those who don’t think hip-hop is a valid area of study in academia. Nor does the rapper who just earned his Ph.D. in May from Clemson University by presenting his dissertation as an album want ...

VCU grad starts STEAM conference for girls

Dozens of middle school girls from across the Richmond area will troop into Virginia Commonwealth University’s daVinci Center for Innovation on Friday, July 21.

Beyoncé shows off twins

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‘Drums in the Garden’ to highlight healthy food, eating

A new Richmond festival will celebrate urban farming and healthy eating to the rhythms of African drums. “Drums in the Garden,” a free public event, will be 2 to 8 p.m. Saturday, July 22, at 2208 Bainbridge St., site of ...