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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 ...

Joseph L. Hayes Sr., former director of VEC’s Administrative Law Division, dies at 85

Joseph Lewis Hayes Jr. initially set out to become a pharmacist. Along the way, he switched to legal studies and eventually became one of the leading experts on the laws regarding unemployment benefits.

Former Congressman Ron Dellums, who pushed U.S. sanctions against apartheid South Africa, dies at 82

Ronald Vernie “Ron” Dellums was a fiery anti-war activist who championed social justice in his community and in Congress. The first African-American Democratic congressman from Northern California and a former mayor of his native Oakland, Calif., died from cancer at ...

Bernetta M. Williams, longtime math, science teacher, dies at 72

Richmond educator Bernetta Marie Williams ... is being remembered following her death on Wednesday, July 18, 2018. She was 72.

Great-granddaughter of Maggie L. Walker succumbs in Calif.

A great-granddaughter of noted Richmond businesswoman and banking great Maggie L. Walker has died in California.

Roderyck I. Bullock, former high school coach, community worker and advocate for disabled, dies at 44

Roderyck Irone “Big Shot” Bullock lost both feet to diabetes and had to learn to slowly and painfully maneuver with a walker and prostheses. But that didn’t keep Mr. Bullock from coming to Richmond City Council meetings to speak out ...

Aubrey D. Flippen, 68, longtime social worker, dies

Aubrey Dean Flippen sought to provide hope to people in crisis.

Myrtle H. Motley, civic, church worker, succumbs at 98

Myrtle Hobson Motley came through at a critical moment when Richmond civil rights attorney Oliver W. Hill Sr. was pursuing an important legal battle against government-enforced segregated schools.

Dr. William E. ‘Bill’ Ward, former mayor of Chesapeake, NSU professor dies at 84

Dr. William E. “Bill” Ward, the first African-American mayor of Chesapeake and the only official to serve the longest in that role, has died.

Community booster Linda D. Myrick dies

Linda Diane Myrick was a vibrant, determined woman who found joy in helping her family and others get the most out of life.

Lucia Ferray-Robinson, co-founder of Africa Awareness Association, dies at 54

A 23-year link between Cuba and Richmond has been broken with the death of Lucia Arocha Ferray-Robinson, 54, at her residence in Havana on Sunday, July 1, 2018.

Stephen Silva, former VCU-VUU point guard, dies

Former Virginia Commonwealth University and Virginia Union University basketball point guard Stephen Silva died Tuesday, July 10, 2018, in his hometown of Brooklyn, N.Y.

Beverly Crawford, who ran law firm with husband, Sa’ad El-Amin, remembered for her passions

Family and friends gathered Saturday, June 30, to celebrate the life of Beverly Diane Crawford, a former attorney and wife of former City Councilman Sa’ad El-Amin.

Joe Jackson was admired by some, detested by others

When Joe Jackson, the patriarch and architect behind the musical Jackson family dynasty died on June 27, some media organizations focused on the negative stories. However, at least one Richmonder who found his own success in show business, remembers the ...

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