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Rudolfo Anaya, ‘godfather’ of Chicano literature, dies at 82

Rudolfo Anaya, a writer who helped launch the 1970s Chicano Literature Movement with his novel, “Bless Me, Ultima,” a book celebrated by Latinos, has died at 82.

Claudell Washington, former MLB All-Star, succumbs at 65

Claudell Washington, who was among the youngest players to become an All-Star in Major League Baseball history, has died.

Foundation poised with cash to purchase Woodland Cemetery

The Evergreen Restoration Foundation has raised the $50,000 needed to purchase Woodland Cemetery, a historic African-American cemetery in Henrico County that is the burial ground of Arthur Ashe Jr., the Richmond-born tennis great and humanitarian.

Music educator and band director John H. Scott Jr. dies at 59

As a young man, John Henry Scott Jr. loved playing the trumpet in marching bands in high school and college.

Longtime coach Marvin Bridges succumbs at 65

Marvin Bridges, a longtime football and basketball coach in Richmond on the youth and high school levels, died Monday, June 8, 2020. He was 65.

Feds sue Stafford County over law blocking Islamic cemetery

The U.S. Department of Justice has filed a lawsuit against a Virginia county for “imposing restrictive zoning requirements” that blocked an Islamic nonprofit from building a cemetery.

Clergy testify to outrage, hope in D.C. demonstrations

A series of religious demonstrations in Washington last weekend mixed prayerful calls for racial equality with frustra- tion with law enforcement, lawmakers and the Trump administration.

Legendary debate coach, Dr. Thomas F. Freeman Sr., dies at 100

Richmond native Thomas Franklin Freeman Sr. transformed historically black Texas Southern University into a national powerhouse in debate.

Bonnie Pointer, who prompted creation of The Pointer Sisters, dies at 69

Bonnie Pointer, who in 1969 convinced three of her church-singing siblings to form The Pointer Sisters, which would become one of the biggest acts of the next two decades, died Monday, June 8, 2020.

Alton H. Belsches Sr., retired police lieutenant, dies at 87

Alton Henry Belsches Sr. joined the Richmond Police Department in 1960 as sit-ins and demonstrations against racial segregation in Richmond were taking off.

Ministers join call for citizen review board

Faith leaders from 35 churches, synagogues and mosques serving Richmond issued a petition Tuesday calling for city political leaders to create a civilian oversight board for the Richmond Police Department.

Chris Beaty, former Indiana University football standout, killed during protests in Indianapolis

Former Indiana University football standout Chris Beaty was shot and killed Saturday, May 30, 2020, during protests in his hometown of Indianapolis over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

Former NFL star defensive back Ken Riley dies

The sports world is morning the loss of former NFL and Florida A&M University great Ken Riley.

Falwell apologies for tweet with racist photo

Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. apologized Monday for a tweet that included a racist photo that appeared on Gov. Ralph S. Northam’s medical school yearbook page decades ago.

NBA legend Wes Unseld succumbs at 74

The basketball world mourns the loss of a legend. Westley “Wes” Unseld, among the most powerful inside forces in college and NBA history, has died.

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