Grammy Award winner Bill Withers dies at 81

Bill Withers, who wrote and sang a string of soulful songs in the 1970s that have stood the test of time, including “Ain’t No Sunshine,” “Lean on Me,” “Grandma’s Hands” and “Just the Two of Us,” died Monday, March 30, ...

Jazz pianist, professor and family patriarch Ellis Marsalis Jr. dies at 85 of complications from coronavirus

Ellis Marsalis Jr., the jazz pianist, professor and patriarch of a New Orleans musical clan, died late Wednesday, April 1, 2020, from pneumonia brought on by coronavirus, leaving six sons and a deep legacy. He was 85.

Robert W. “Bob” Peay, longtime social work educator, dies at 75

Robert W. “Bob” Peay helped train two generations of social workers in the Richmond area and beyond during his 27 years as a faculty member at Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of Social Work.

Earl G. Graves Sr., founder of Black Enterprise magazine and champion for black economic empowerment, dies at 85

Earl G. Graves Sr., who inspired generations of African-Americans to build wealth through stories published in Black Enterprise, the magazine he founded, died Monday, April 6, 2020, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. He was 85.

COVID-19 changes funeral traditions

COVID-19 has taken thousands of lives and upended business as usual around the world during the past few months. Just as the pandemic is changing daily life for millions, it is rapidly changing how the living lay their loved ones ...

Preddy D. Ray Sr., longtime affordable housing advocate who sought to keep people in their neighborhoods, dies at 69

In 1971, Preddy Drew Ray Sr. was among a group of nine Richmond college students who packed their bags and went to a Cincinnati conference on af- fordable housing and the role community groups could play.

Corine R. Farrar, veteran Richmond educator, dies at 90

Veteran Richmond educator Corine Ransom Farrar was best known for helping elementary students master arithmetic and the rudiments of algebra.

Churches change their sermon delivery, tithing methods for mandate guidelines

Churches across Richmond have undergone a substantial transformation in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic as state and national officials have forced them to adopt a new paradigm.

Starting as a pastor in the midst of a pandemic

“I never imagined I would start my ministry in the midst of a pandemic,” Dr. Joshua L. Mitchell said.

38-year-old scientist crosses into the realm of preserving historic African-American cemetery

Woodland Cemetery, the burial place of humanitarian and tennis great Arthur Ashe Jr. and thousands of other African-Americans, is looking spiffier, thanks to the dogged persistence of one man, John William Joseph Slavin.

NASA pioneer Katherine Johnson takes her place among the stars

Three African-American astronauts joined hundreds of other mourners Saturday, March 7, at a funeral service for trailblazing mathematician and NASA pioneer Katherine G. Johnson.

John Merchant, who broke barriers at U.Va. law school and in golf, dies at 87

John F. Merchant broke racial barriers in the legal profession and in the game of golf.

Jazz master pianist ‘McCoy’ Tyner dies at 81

“McCoy” Tyner, the ground- breaking and influential jazz pianist and the last surviving member of the John Coltrane Quartet, has died. He was 81.

Beyonce Mass draws crowd, criticism

The worship service began with the voice of Beyoncé singing “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” the Black National Anthem. Over the next hour, a choir-backed quintet of African-American women singers belted out other songs in the pop star’s repertoire. Beyoncé’s ...

Rev. William E. Clarke, longtime teach and minister, succumbs at 83

The Rev. William Edward Clarke built a reputation as a kind, helpful person in following two career paths — teaching and the ministry.