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Dr. Adam L. Bond, Ebenezer Baptist Church’s new pastor, eases into transition during pandemic

Dr. Adam L. Bond is blending the old with the new at historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, despite the disruption from the pandemic.

Church-based education pod opens in East End

Dr. Patricia A. Gould-Champ’s ministry is supporting East End students and parents with learning pods as a daily education solution.

City joining preservation effort for historic African-American cemetery

City Hall is finally joining an effort to recognize, preserve and protect a historic African-American cemetery that city government spent more than 120 years trying to erase.

Adoption advocate and political campaign volunteer Annette ‘Nettie’ Gordon dies at 82

Annette White “Nettie” Gordon, who helped build an adoption program focused on Black children and volunteered in campaigns of Democratic candidates, has died.

Sixth Baptist Church to celebrate grand opening of community mission center Oct. 3

As the coronavirus pandemic presses on, a faith-based community in Richmond’s West End continues to find ways to support its congregation and those in need.

NFL Hall of Famer Gale Sayers dies at 77

Gale Sayers, remembered for his spectacular athleticism and inspiring friendship with an ailing teammate, died Sept. 23, 2020. He was 77.

James Cooper Jr., RPS computer pro, dies at 85

James Cooper Jr., who trained Richmond Public Schools teachers and staff to use computers as they came into common use in the 1980s, has died.

Drive-in homecoming worship brings church members together

For the past 27 Sundays, the Moore Street Missionary Baptist Church congregation has held worship service over Zoom and Bible study via conference calls.

Benefit fundraiser for Larry Bland Sept. 27

Friends and admirers of legendary Richmond choir director Larry Bland will hold a drive-thru fundraiser this weekend in an effort to aid the seri- ously ill musician cover the cost of care, it has been announced.

Black Jesus version of Michelangelo’s Pieta divides Catholics on race and politics

An interpretation of Michel- angelo’s iconic Pietà featuring a Black Jesus has unexpectedly caused a debate about Black Lives Matter, the sanctity of art and the evangelization of Africa after the Pontifical Academy of Life, an official Vatican think tank, ...

Georgia Bulldogs racial barrier breaker Ronnie Hogue dies at 69

Ronnie Hogue, the University of Georgia’s first Black scholarship basketball player, died Friday, Sept. 18, 2020. He was 69.

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.