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Sixth Mount Zion honors Rev. Jasper

Sixth Mount Zion Baptist Church in Richmond has installed an interpretative sign at the gravesite of its founding pastor, the Rev. John Jasper, in celebration of his 210th birthday.

Pastor Dorothy L. Hughes, a business owner and gospel musician, dies

Pastor Dorothy Lee Lynch Hughes, founder and leader of Victory Christian Center RVA in Richmond and owner of two residential homes for the disabled, has died. Pastor Hughes, who, according to her family, also won acclaim for her gospel musical ...

‘Blessing of Elders’ lauds 7 Black Christian luminaries at Museum of the Bible

Well-known names from the world of gospel music and the Black church gathered at the Museum of the Bible to hail the contributions of African-American churches and to call for continued efforts toward building unity and bridging divides.

Former RRHA manager James W. ‘Dick’ Harris Sr. dies

For more than three decades, James Willard “Dick” Harris Sr. was a familiar face to public housing residents in Richmond.

‘You wear out’: How chronic illness grounds and inspires William Barber’s activism

Standing outside a church in rural North Carolina this spring, the Rev. William Barber II leaned on his dented and scuffed wooden cane. With one powerful hand he pushed himself up and into the seat of a long black Chevrolet ...

Mississippi civil rights activist ‘Bud’ McGee dies at 81

William “Bud” McGee, a Mississippi civil rights activist who worked to register Black voters in the 1960s, has died.

Dallas’ legendary running back Don Perkins dies

Don Perkins, the running back that helped the Dallas Cowboys earn the label “America’s Team,” died on Thursday, June 9, 2022. He was 84.

Longtime VCU executive assistant dies

For three decades, Antoinette Louise Best Dickerson worked behind the scenes to help keep Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of the Arts humming.

Civil rights advocate Xernona Clayton is still ‘fearless’

A key aide to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. who helped sustain the civil rights movement in the 1960s says she’s deeply saddened by the hate crimes seeking to terrorize people across America. But Xernona Clayton has been working ...

Union Presbyterian Seminary given grant to develop park

Union Presbyterian Seminary has received a $1,000 grant to help develop its new Yaupon Place Eco-Park in Richmond’s Northside.

Juneteenth Concert is a ‘Celebration of Freedom’

Juneteenth (or Freedom Day) will be celebrated in its truest sense at St. James’s Episcopal Church at 5 p.m. June 19 at the church, 1205 W. Franklin St. This event features a spectacular “Freedom Day Organ Recital” performed by renowned ...

Episcopal Diocese of Maryland distributes $175,000 in reparations grants

The Episcopal Diocese of Maryland has made an inaugural grant distribution of $175,000 after church members overwhelmingly approved a reparations fund a year and a half ago.

Buffalo supermarket victim Kat Massey, 72, laid to rest

In the late 1980s, Katherine “Kat” Massey was tired of the perpetually overgrown lot on state property on her street, so she sent a letter on “Cherry Street Block Club” letterhead to the governor, which led to it being cleaned ...

Plurax’s COO Denise Fields has died

Denise I. Fields of Williamsburg, and formerly of Richmond and Norfolk, died Wednesday, May 18, 2022.

Two years after George Floyd’s murder, racial trauma permeates Black Americans

Black Men Heal co-founder Zakia Williams was deeply moved as she watched a young Black man become emotional while speaking about the mental health toll the past few years have taken on him. “He said, ‘I just want to play ...

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