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Unsung civil rights pioneer Gloria Richardson dies at 99

Gloria Richardson, an influential yet largely unsung civil rights pioneer whose determination not to back down while protesting racial inequality was captured in a photograph as she pushed away the bayonet of a National Guardsman, has died. She was 99.

Muslims scale back Eid al-Adha observance in midst of pandemic

Muslims around the world this week begin observing a major Islamic holiday in the shadow of the pandemic amid growing concerns about the highly infectious delta variant of the coronavirus.

Educator, counselor Susie Banian succumbs at 82

Susie Ann Banian, a veteran Richmond teacher and guidance counselor who also sang in multiple church and community choirs, has died.

Jehovah’s Witnesses move annual conventions online for second year

For the second consecutive year, the Jehovah’s Witnesses have canceled their large, in-person annual three-day conventions in Richmond and around the globe because of the coronavirus pandemic.

AME bishops address COVID-19, critical race theory, voting rights as annual meeting opens

The bishops of the African Methodist Episcopal Church opened their denomination’s major meeting — a year after it was delayed due to the coronavirus — with a call for greater worldwide access to COVID-19 vaccines and testing.

Dr. Thelma Bland Watson, who was dedicated to advancing the needs of the elderly, dies at 70

Dr. Thelma Bland Watson was 9 when she began providing assistance to her maternal grandmother. That experience turned Dr. Watson into a champion for the elderly.

Church’s tax-exempt status restored

The Community Church of God in Christ is once again being recognized by the city as an active, functioning church, according to 2nd District City Councilwoman Katherine Jordan.

Fulton family receives unexpected blessing of mortgage payoff

It began as a casual conversation. Then it quickly turned into what Travis L. and Latarsha F. Woods can only call “a blessing from God.”

‘Lifeguard legend,’ city swim instructor Horace A. ‘Bubba’ Carter III dies at 81

Horace Alfonso “Bubba” Carter III wanted everyone in Richmond to learn to swim and to be safe doing it.

Hindu group holds healing ceremony at Hanover County plantation before selling

A Hindu group that had hoped to build a temple on a former plantation in Hanover County held a ceremony last week to honor and bless the enslaved who had worked there and to heal the land that they now ...

Jewish community prays for miracles after condo collapse

Numerous members of an Orthodox synagogue are among those missing after the collapse last week of a seaside condominium tower in Surfside, Fla.

RPS career educator and principal Fred A. Cooper dies at 91

Fred Adolphus Cooper sought to inspire students to learn during his nearly 60-year career as an educator that included service as principal of Richmond’s former Armstrong-Kennedy High School complex and later as co-owner of a student tutorial business in Chicago.

COGIC church gets whopping tax bill after city revokes tax-exempt status

A Richmond church that has been in operation for 112 years has been hit with a surprise $46,128 property tax bill from City Hall after its tax-exempt status was revoked.

Eva Davis Brinkley, Armstrong High guidance director, dies at 91

Eva Davis Brinkley went above and beyond for Richmond students at Armstrong High School.

History marker to be placed at Shockoe Hill African Burying Ground

A historic but forgotten Black cemetery in Richmond will soon be recognized with a state history marker.

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