First Baptist Church launches 200th anniversary celebration

Last Sunday nearly 300 people attended the Grand Illumination at First Baptist Church of South Richmond, a celebration kicking off a yearlong commemoration of the church’s bicentennial.

Photographer Richard L. Swann dies at 85

Richard Leon Swann turned his youthful passion for taking photos into a photography career that spanned nearly 60 years and provided lasting memories for untold numbers of Richmond residents.

Black woman chaplain makes rank of colonel and history

The U.S. Army has promoted an active-duty African- American woman chaplain to the rank of colonel for the first time.

Kool & the Gang co-founder Ronald ‘Khalis’ Bell dies at 68

Ronald “Khalis” Bell, a co-founder, singer and producer of the group Kool & the Gang, died Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020. He was 68.

Dr. Diane Harris Marsh, trailblazing dentist and wife of former state Sen. Henry L. Marsh III, dies at 84

Dr. Diane Elaine Harris Marsh was a “super mom” before the term was coined, according to her family.

Lou Brock, MLB’s former stolen base king, dies at 81

Lou Brock, among the greatest MLB leadoff hitters and known for stealing bases, died on Sunday, Sept. 6, 2020. He was 81 and living in St. Louis.

Charles L. Conyers, consummate educator and retired state education administrator, dies at 92

Charles Lee Conyers believed that a good education was the ticket out of poverty.

Legendary basketball coach John Thompson succumbs at 78

Coach John Thompson, the imposing Hall of Famer who turned Georgetown University into a “Hoya Paranoia” powerhouse and became the first Black coach to lead a team to the NCAA men’s basketball championship, has died. He was 78.

Cliff Robinson, former NBA star, dies at 53

Cliff Robinson, who played 18 NBA seasons from 1989 to 2007, died Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020, in Portland, Ore. He was 53.

Hospital Street burial ground gets support as new historic district

Lenora C. McQueen’s three-year crusade to gain recognition for the long forgotten and largely destroyed Shockoe Hill African Burying Ground at 5th and Hospital streets in Richmond is starting to secure results.

Falwell being investigated after resigning as president of Liberty University

Liberty University is opening an independent investigation into Jerry Falwell Jr.’s tenure as president, a wide-ranging inquiry that will include financial, real estate and legal matters, the evangelical school’s board announced Monday.

WE CARE Community Giveaway slated for Sunday in North Side

A coalition of eight North Side churches is sponsoring the annual WE CARE Community Giveaway from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, at Overby-Sheppard Elementary School, 2300 1st Ave. in Highland Park.

Civil rights groups to commemorate 57th anniversary of historic March on Washington

A series of events led by a coalition of civil rights groups such as the NAACP, the National Action Network and a coalition, including Martin Luther King III and the families of George Floyd, Eric Garner and Breonna Taylor, will ...

Kirk Franklin sweeps with 6 Stellar Awards

Kirk Franklin served as a co-host and also walked off with the most awards at the virtual 35th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards.

Dr. Earl McClenney Jr., legendary VSU educator and longtime public administrator, dies at 79

Dr. Earl Hampton McClenney Jr. left his mark on public administration in Virginia as an educator and as a Richmond and state official where he fought entrenched racism and sought to aid the underdog.