Civil rights lawyer, legal scholar and professor Lani Guinier dies at 71

Lani Guinier, a civil rights lawyer and legal scholar whose nomination by President Bill Clinton to head the U.S. Justice Department’s civil rights division was pulled after conservatives criticized her views on correcting racial discrimination, has died. She was 71.

Executive producer of National Black Theatre Festival dies

Sylvia Sprinkle-Hamlin, who succeeded her late husband as board chairman and executive producer of the National Black Theatre Festival, has died. She was 76.

Wanda Young, member of Motown’s The Marvelettes, dies at 78

Wanda Young, a member of Motown’s chart-topping The Marvelettes, died Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2021, in suburban De- troit. She was 78.

bell hooks, writer and groundbreaking feminist thinker, dies at 69

NEW YORK bell hooks, the ground- breaking author, educator and activist whose explorations of how race, gender, economics and politics intertwined helped shape academic and popular debates over the past 40 years, died Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2021.

NBA, HBCU legend Sam Jones dies at 88

HBCU and Boston Celtics legend Sam Jones died Thursday, Dec. 30, 2021, at his home in Florida. Mr. Jones was 88.

Dr. Carolyn N. Graham, former Richmond deputy CAO for human services, dies at 75

Dr. Carolyn Nadene Graham, a top social services executive in Richmond, Washington and Florida and creator of the Washington-based Mary Elizabeth House to aid young mothers aging out of foster care, has died.

Dr. John Guns to give keynote at Emancipation Proclamation virtual worship service Jan. 1

Dr. John Guns, the new dean of the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University, will be the featured speaker at the annual Emancipation Proclamation Day service at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 1, sponsored by the Baptist ...

The Rev. Franklin D. Harvey Sr., inventor of the Afro Master and former owner of Harvey’s Progressive Barber Shop, dies at 88

For decades, the Rev. Franklin Deheart Harvey Sr. ran one of the largest barbering operations in Richmond.

Gerald G. Poindexter, a Surry County county attorney and prosecutor, dies at 80

Gerald Glenn Poindexter, a legal institution in Surry County where he served 23 years as county attorney and another 20 years as commonwealth’s attorney, has died.

Second ‘George Floyd’ Pieta stolen from Catholic University

A second painting of Jesus and his mother, Mary, in which Jesus is widely thought to be depicted as George Floyd, has been stolen from the walls of the Catholic University of America’s law school.

Denzel Washington: ‘I wanted to please God’ in latest directing effort

Longtime actor Denzel Washington said his faith was a part of every decision he made in directing the new movie, “A Journal For Jordan,” based on the writings of an Army sergeant who was killed in action.

African faith leaders combat fake cures for COVID-19

When some African church pastors ordered their followers to eat grass or gulp petrol or even drink poison-laced water, their congregations have obeyed the instructions, thinking the practices would bring them closer to God.

Former U.S. Rep. Carrie Meek of Florida being remembered

Former Congresswoman Carrie Meek, who died Sunday, Nov. 28, 2021, is being remembered as a trailblazer, a descendant of a slave who became one of the first Black Floridians elected to Congress since Reconstruction.

Trailblazing golfer Lee Elder, the first Black to play in the Masters Tournament, dies at 87

Golfer Lee Elder played through the scourge of racism. He broke down enormous barriers. He carved a path for Tiger Woods and others to follow.