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Richmond attorney Rhonda K. Harmon, who challenged Nationwide's redlining policies, has died

Rhonda Michelle King Harmon, a former attorney who helped overturn racist insurance policies that prevented Black homeowners in Richmond and elsewhere from gaining standard coverage for their property, has died.

Suicide takes Miss USA 2019

Cheslie Kryst, who won the 2019 Miss USA pageant and worked as a correspondent for the entertainment news television show “Extra,” reportedly committed suicide Jan. 30.

National president of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority dies after recent illness

Cheryl A. Hickmon, national president of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. and chair of its National Board of Directors, passed away peacefully last Thursday, Jan. 20, 2022 at the age of 60, following a battle with a “recent illness,” ...

Eunice M. Wilder, former city treasurer, dies at age 83

Eunice Montgomery Wilder, the former Richmond city treasurer who held the post for 25 years, has died after a brief illness, her family reported.

Milton A. Marriott, former choir leader and musician for local churches and VUU, dies at age 62

Jamaican-born church key- board artist and singer Milton Anthony Marriott, who led the music ministry and directed choirs at First Baptist Church of South Richmond for 32 years, has died.

Lusia Harris, the first woman drafted by NBA, dies at age 66

Lusia Harris, the only woman ever drafted by an NBA team, has died. Mrs. Harris was 66 and residing in Greenwood, Miss.

Rayford L. Harris Sr., longtime educator, policymaker, adviser and GOP activist, dies at 97

Rayford Lee Harris Sr., who touched the lives of untold thousands of Virginia students as an educator and policymaker, has died.

Comfort Anderson-Miller, who charity helped thousands in Liberia, dies at 60

For 30 years, Chesterfield County resident Comfort Yjakpai Anderson-Miller led a charity that shipped essential supplies and educational materials to her native Liberia. The founder of the nationally recognized Robert and Mary Anderson Charitable Organization succumbed to cancer after a ...

Tuskegee Airman Charles McGee dies at 102

Retired U.S. Air Force Col. Charles E. McGee, a Tuskegee Airman who flew 409 fighter combat mis- sions over three wars, died Sunday, Jan. 16, 2022, in Bethesda, Md. He was 102.

Bodybuilder Chris Dickerson, first Black Mr. America and Mr. Olympia, dies at 82

Bodybuilder Chris Dickerson, the first Black Mr. America and Mr. Olympia, died Thursday, Dec. 23, 2021, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Mr. Dickerson was 82 and died of heart failure.

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.