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M.A. Motley, longtime business and civic leader, dies at 96

M.A. Motley Sr. went from success as a plumber to become one of the most influential African-American business leaders in Richmond.

James ‘Jimmy Lee’ Bracey Jr., founder of West End Richmond Striders track club, dies at 80

James Lee “Jimmy Lee” Bracey Jr. developed a passion for running track while serving in the Air Force.

First Baptist Church Super Saturday rescheduled

First Baptist Church of South Richmond has rescheduled its Super Saturday family festival for 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, at the church’s North Chesterfield campus, 6201 Ironbridge Road.

‘Fat and Faithful’: New book probes spirituality of body image

As a teenager, J. Nicole Morgan was fond of her reflection in the mirror. She liked her eyes and her smile. But then she looked at her arms and stomach and reminded herself that she was not pretty and could ...

Friends, family say goodbye to Aretha Franklin in marathon funeral

The “Queen of Soul” Aretha Franklin was remembered and celebrated in a star-studded marathon funeral service last Friday that drew laughter, tears and, as with any large family gathering, controversy.

Vacation Bible School group puts message into practice

Petersburg High School’s Marching Crimson Wave has been trying to raise money for new uniforms for the marching band since spring.

Rev. John E. Johnson Jr. to be installed at Union Baptist Church in Hopewell

Union Baptist Church in Hopewell has a new pastor.

African-American burial ground could impact proposed Cumberland landfill

A long forgotten African-American burial ground is gaining renewed attention as opponents use it to raise fresh objections to a proposed 1,200-acre landfill in rural Cumberland County about 50 miles west of Richmond.

Dr. George T. Walker, composer, music educator and Pulitzer Prize winner, dies at 96

George Theophilus Walker was long ranked among the top American composers of modern classical music.

Former President Obama to speak at Sen. McCain’s funeral

Former Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush will deliver eulogies Saturday at the funeral of U.S. Sen. John McCain, a former prisoner of war during Vietnan and six-term Republican senator from Arizona whose reputation as a maverick is causing ...

Thousands pay final respects to Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin’s body lay in repose on Tuesday while her soaring voice poured from loudspeakers outside a Detroit museum, stirring fans to sway and sing along and others to weep as they lined up for a last glimpse of the ...

Nobel winner Kofi Annan, the first black African to lead the United Nations, dies at 80

Former U.N. Secretary-General and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Kofi Annan died on Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018, his foundation said, after decades of championing efforts to try to end protracted conflicts in Africa, Asia and the Middle East.

Lux Church moves into Sharon Baptist Church’s former Jackson Ward home

Last Sunday was a big day for Pastor Victor Immanuel “Manny” Peña and the 100-member congregation of Lux Church. Bubbling with enthusiasm, the 35-year-old pastor led the rejoicing as church members held their first service in the church’s new home ...

Rev. Nathaniel Morris, gospel singer, playwright, minister, dies at 67

The Rev. Nathaniel “Nat” Morris went from singing in a Richmond church as a child to the Broadway stage as an adult. An ordained minister, playwright, actor and singer, Rev. Morris was 18 when he made his debut in 1968 ...

Dr. Katie G. Cannon, renowned scholar who elevated role of black women in theology, dies at 68

Dr. Katie Geneva Cannon made history in 1974 as the first African-American woman to be ordained a Presbyterian minister in the United States. Dr. Cannon would use that breakthrough to become a driving force in creating the womanist theology that ...