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Howard E. Fitts Sr., former president of Robinson-Harris & Co., dies at 95

For more than 40 years, Howard E. Fitts Sr. was a key figure in buying and selling property in Richmond.

Dr. Willie Woodson comes out of retirement to lead new congregation

Dr. Willie Woodson has come out of retirement to take another pulpit.

Multiracial churches growing, but challenging for clergy of color

For four hours at a megachurch outside of Dallas, pastors of color shared their personal stories of leading a multiethnic church.

Trump pledges to prevent 'unacceptable' repression of school prayer

President Trump, surrounded by schoolchildren of a variety of faiths, announced what he called “historic steps to protect the First Amendment right to pray in the public schools.”

Longtime political cartoonist Ron Rogers dies at 65

Ron Rogers, a longtime political cartoonist whose start began in 1980 for the former Richmond Afro-American and Planet, died Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, after a sudden illness.

Mary F. Conyers, former RPS teacher, dies at 87

Mary Foster Conyers never forgot a promise she made to her father when she got married — that she would complete her college degree.

Byron E. Howlett Sr., former head of Richmond Heritage Federal Credit Union, dies at 73

Byron E. Howlett Sr. led the modernization of the Richmond Heritage Federal Credit Union during his 19 years as the second president and chief execu- tive officer of the oldest African-American financial institution still in operation in Richmond.

First female Muslim chaplain commissioned by the U.S. military

The U.S. Air Force commissioned its first Muslim woman chaplain candidate last month, marking the first time the U.S. military will have a female chaplain of the Islamic faith.

Court documents show pastor targeted by government for officiating at immigrant weddings

New documents unearthed in an ongoing federal lawsuit indicate the U.S. government surveilled and investigated a New York pastor and immigrant rights activist over allegations that she committed marriage fraud by officiating immigrant weddings along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Former Richmonder Beatrice O. Scott dies at 77

Former Richmonder Beatrice Odom Scott went off to Baltimore where she earned recognition for her roles in education, political and neighborhood affairs.

50 years after 'Black Manifesto,' religious groups again take up reparations

On a Sunday morning in May 1969, as clergy processed into the sanctuary of New York’s august Riverside Church, civil rights activist James Forman vaulted into the pulpit to demand $500 million in reparations for the mistreatment of African-Americans from ...

Faith leaders call for de-escalation after missile strike kills Iranian general

Concern about the growing tensions between the United States and Iran has been bubbling within the Vatican, as Pope Francis and other faith leaders urge global leaders to employ self-restraint and dialogue.

Latest spate of religious violence again raises safety questions

People across the nation were grappling with a spate of religious violence that struck at a rabbi’s New York home Saturday during a Hanukkah celebration and erupted at a North Texas church on Sunday.

Longtime educator, Girl Scout leader Gloria W. Hawkins dies at 92

Gloria Wheeler Hawkins was an unforgettable instructor for many of the students during her 40-year career as a schoolteacher in Richmond and other communities.

High school coach portrayed in ‘Remember the Titans’ dies

With his health declining, Herman Boone was still mapping out football strategy as if he were about to walk the sidelines one more time.

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