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Preddy D. Ray Sr., longtime affordable housing advocate who sought to keep people in their neighborhoods, dies at 69

In 1971, Preddy Drew Ray Sr. was among a group of nine Richmond college students who packed their bags and went to a Cincinnati conference on af- fordable housing and the role community groups could play.

Corine R. Farrar, veteran Richmond educator, dies at 90

Veteran Richmond educator Corine Ransom Farrar was best known for helping elementary students master arithmetic and the rudiments of algebra.

Churches change their sermon delivery, tithing methods for mandate guidelines

Churches across Richmond have undergone a substantial transformation in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic as state and national officials have forced them to adopt a new paradigm.

Starting as a pastor in the midst of a pandemic

“I never imagined I would start my ministry in the midst of a pandemic,” Dr. Joshua L. Mitchell said.

38-year-old scientist crosses into the realm of preserving historic African-American cemetery

Woodland Cemetery, the burial place of humanitarian and tennis great Arthur Ashe Jr. and thousands of other African-Americans, is looking spiffier, thanks to the dogged persistence of one man, John William Joseph Slavin.

NASA pioneer Katherine Johnson takes her place among the stars

Three African-American astronauts joined hundreds of other mourners Saturday, March 7, at a funeral service for trailblazing mathematician and NASA pioneer Katherine G. Johnson.

John Merchant, who broke barriers at U.Va. law school and in golf, dies at 87

John F. Merchant broke racial barriers in the legal profession and in the game of golf.

Jazz master pianist ‘McCoy’ Tyner dies at 81

“McCoy” Tyner, the ground- breaking and influential jazz pianist and the last surviving member of the John Coltrane Quartet, has died. He was 81.

Beyonce Mass draws crowd, criticism

The worship service began with the voice of Beyoncé singing “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” the Black National Anthem. Over the next hour, a choir-backed quintet of African-American women singers belted out other songs in the pop star’s repertoire. Beyoncé’s ...

Rev. William E. Clarke, longtime teach and minister, succumbs at 83

The Rev. William Edward Clarke built a reputation as a kind, helpful person in following two career paths — teaching and the ministry.

Richard R. Jiggetts, who was instrumental in rebuilding of First Baptist Church Centralia, dies at 98

When arson destroyed the historic but vacant former sanctuary of First Baptist Church Centralia in 1996, everyone bemoaned the fiery loss of an irreplaceable church building.

Funeral service Saturday at Hampton University for NASA's Katherine Johnson

A funeral service has been set for Katherine G. Johnson, the trailblazing mathematical genius whose calculations for NASA influenced every major space program from America’s first manned space flight in 1961 to the first lunar landing in 1969 to the ...

Play about first African-American priest in U.S. highlights current issues

Actor Jim Coleman stood at the front of a dimly lit stage and recounted the joys and hardships of being a black man of Catholic faith.

Human Rights Campaign kicks off election focus on LGBTQ, religious relations

The Human Rights Campaign, which works to promote LGBTQ equality, has started an election season tour in which its president will visit houses of worship of different faiths to build relations between the religious and the gay communities.

Entire Bible translated into American Sign Language

When Howard Mallory first saw the Gospel of Matthew rendered in American Sign Language nearly 15 years ago, he said he was able to understand it more easily than when reading it in English.

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