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Thousands pay tribute to Rep. John Lewis, the last of the Big Six civil rights icons

Thousands of Americans from Alabama to Washington have paid their final respects to Congressman John Lewis, an American icon and civic rights giant, during a series of memorial tributes that began last Saturday in his hometown of Troy, Ala., and ...

Edna Keys-Chavis, first African-American and female city clerk, dies at 66

Edna Keys-Chavis made history in 1990 when she became Richmond’s first African-American and the first woman city clerk — the official record-keeper for City Council.

David J. Wall, longtime supervisor with the Richmond Department of Public Works, dies at 68

David Jerome Wall was known as “The Professor” in the Richmond Department of Public Works because of his knowledge of the department and the city.

Chef and hip-hop artist-producer Joshua “Freeze” Reed succumbs at 37

Joshua Lawrence “Freeze” Reed, a talented chef and well-known Richmond hip-hop artist and music producer, has died.

Charles Evers, Mississippi civil rights and political figure, dies at 97

Charles Evers, who led an eclectic life as a civil rights leader, onetime purveyor of illegal liquor in Chicago, history-making Black mayor in deeply segregated Mississippi and contrarian with connections to prominent national Democrats and Republicans, died Wednesday, July 22, ...

Rev. C.T. Vivian, Freedom Rides organizer and key adviser to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., dies at 95

The Rev. C.T. Vivian, an early and key adviser to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. who organized pivotal civil rights campaigns and spent decades advocating for justice and equality, died Friday, July 17, 2020, the same day as fellow civil ...

Dr. Oliver W. ‘Duke’ Hill Jr., retired VSU professor, administrator and researcher, dies at 70

While his celebrated attorney father devoted his life to using the law to break down racial barriers, Dr. Oliver White Hill Jr. focused his attention on eliminating racial disparities in education.

Rudolfo Anaya, ‘godfather’ of Chicano literature, dies at 82

Rudolfo Anaya, a writer who helped launch the 1970s Chicano Literature Movement with his novel, “Bless Me, Ultima,” a book celebrated by Latinos, has died at 82.

Claudell Washington, former MLB All-Star, succumbs at 65

Claudell Washington, who was among the youngest players to become an All-Star in Major League Baseball history, has died.

Music educator and band director John H. Scott Jr. dies at 59

As a young man, John Henry Scott Jr. loved playing the trumpet in marching bands in high school and college.

Longtime coach Marvin Bridges succumbs at 65

Marvin Bridges, a longtime football and basketball coach in Richmond on the youth and high school levels, died Monday, June 8, 2020. He was 65.

Legendary debate coach, Dr. Thomas F. Freeman Sr., dies at 100

Richmond native Thomas Franklin Freeman Sr. transformed historically black Texas Southern University into a national powerhouse in debate.

Bonnie Pointer, who prompted creation of The Pointer Sisters, dies at 69

Bonnie Pointer, who in 1969 convinced three of her church-singing siblings to form The Pointer Sisters, which would become one of the biggest acts of the next two decades, died Monday, June 8, 2020.

Alton H. Belsches Sr., retired police lieutenant, dies at 87

Alton Henry Belsches Sr. joined the Richmond Police Department in 1960 as sit-ins and demonstrations against racial segregation in Richmond were taking off.

Chris Beaty, former Indiana University football standout, killed during protests in Indianapolis

Former Indiana University football standout Chris Beaty was shot and killed Saturday, May 30, 2020, during protests in his hometown of Indianapolis over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

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