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Acclaimed writer Paule Marshall, professor emeritus at VCU, dies at 90

Writer Paule Marshall, an exuberant and sharpened storyteller who in books such as “Daughters” and “Brown Girl, Brownstones” drew upon classic and vernacular literature and her mother’s kitchen conversations to narrate the divides between African-Americans and Caucasians, men and women, ...

William M. ‘Bill’ Jones Jr., former Richmond corporate executive, dies at 88

William M. “Bill” Jones Jr., who was the first African-American corporate manager and personnel development manager at Thalhimers in Richmond, died Saturday, July 27, 2019, in Dallas, where he and his family have lived for many years. He was 88.

Dr. Martha C. Cook, longtime educator and former first lady of Ebenezer Baptist Church, dies at 82

Dr. Martha Louise Charles Cook combined a love of science and education with her faith. Dr. Cook taught the basics of biology to students in Richmond Public Schools and other school districts in a teaching career that spanned more than ...

Democratic hopefuls seek support from young black faith leaders

Three Democratic presidential hopefuls fielded questions from black church leaders last week, bouncing between politics and prayer as they vied for support from an audience of about 5,000 black millennials.

Eugene A. Mason Jr., who served on the Richmond School Board and City Council, dies at 78

From the roof of J.L. Francis Elementary School to City Council chambers at City Hall, Eugene A. Mason Jr. was a constant force in improving public education in Richmond.

Churches mobilize to help families impacted by immigration raids

The children of Sacred Heart Catholic Church streamed out into Mississippi’s blistering heat last Sunday afternoon, carrying what they said was a message of opposition against immigration raids their parents could not.

Muslim initiative raises thousands to release detained migrant parents

Led by two of the country’s most prominent imams, hundreds of U.S. Muslims have raised more than $81,000 to bail out detained migrant parents.

Montgomery's churches part of city's 200-year history of slavery, civil rights

Connections between Christianity, Confederacy and civil rights — and the history of slavery — are in plain sight in Alabama’s capital.

Toni Morrison, who transformed American literature to win Nobel and Pulitzer prizes, dies at 88

Nobel laureate Toni Morrison, a pioneer and reigning giant of modern literature whose imaginative power in “Beloved,” “Song of Solomon” and other works transformed American letters by dramatizing the pursuit of freedom within the boundaries of race, has died at ...

Jamestown interpreter tells the story of 'Angela,' one of the first Africans in Virginia; her faith is a mystery

Wearing a yellow head wrap, gray skirt and soiled apron, a woman who says she is “called by the name of Angela” stood by the James River and told her story, one of faith and courage, darkness and hope.

Daniel 'Sonny Strong' Gordon Jr., karate instructor at YMCA, dies at 79

Karate Grandmaster Daniel Gordon Jr., nicknamed “Sonny Strong,” died Thursday, July 11, in Richmond. Mr. Gordon was 79 and had taught martial arts at the Downtown YMCA for more than 40 years. His pupils over the decades ranged in age ...

Cliff Branch, former NFL receiver, dies at 71

Cliff Branch, one of the premier deep receiver threats in NFL history, died Saturday, Aug. 3, at age 71.

Dr. Harrison B. Wilson Jr., longtime president of NSU, dies at 94

Dr. Harrison B. Wilson Jr., who served as president of Nor- folk State University for 22 years and whose grandson, Russell Wilson, is the superstar quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks, died Sunday, July 28, 2019. He was 94.

Joan B. Winston, executive director of the former Gold Bowl, dies at 88

Joan Loretta Banks Winston was often considered the “glue” that held organizations together.

Church merger leads to new roles for Rev. Whitehead, Dr. Cardwell

After 25 years at the helm of New Canaan International Church that he founded in Eastern Henrico County, minister and educator Dr. Owen C. Cardwell, 72, has passed the pastoral baton to a younger protégé, the Rev. Dwayne E. Whitehead.

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