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7 honored in 2019 Strong Men & Women in Virginia History program

Seven outstanding African-American leaders were celebrated during the seventh annual “Strong Men & Women in Virginia History” awards program Feb. 7 at a Downtown hotel.

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Lt. Gov. Fairfax sits to take a stand

Lt. Gov. Justin E. Fairfax, the second African-American to hold statewide office in Virginia, made a statement with a “sit-in” of sorts last Friday in the state Senate chamber, where he presides.

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Wakanda forever: ‘Black Panther’ poised for Oscar win

The box office smash “Black Panther” just made history as the first superhero film to be nominated for an Academy Award, the top award in the movie world. The film, directed and co-written by Ryan Coogler, is one of the eight movies, including “Green Book” and Spike Lee’s “BlacKkKlansman,” that will compete for best picture honors at the 91st Academy Awards to be broadcast Sunday, Feb. 24, it was announced this week.

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Postal rates go up Sunday

The price of a first-class stamp will jump to a record 55 cents on Sunday, Jan. 27. The nickel increase from the current 50-cent stamp price is the largest single jump in the history of the American postal service, according to U.S. Postal Service records.

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Barbara B. Abernathy Ross, longtime Carver community activist, dies at 77

When Virginia Commonwealth University sought to expand its campus north of Broad Street in the 1990s, the university hit a stonewall — civic activist Barbara Beatrice Abernathy Ross. As president of the Carver Area Civic Improvement League, or CACIL, Ms. Abernathy, as she was known in the community, fought against VCU’s plans to replace much of the neighborhood.

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Fay A. Howlette, manager of her husband’s optometry practice, dies at 89

Fay Anderson Howlette aided her husband, the late Dr. John L. Howlette Sr., in offering a new option for eye care in Richmond before the start of the Civil Rights Movement.

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U.S. Supreme Court rejects GOP argument to hold up Va. redistricting

The U.S. Supreme Court has cleared the way for a three-judge panel to redraw the boundaries of 11 Virginia House of Delegates districts — including five in the Richmond-Petersburg area — that were found to have been illegally packed with African-American voters.

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Area men named to national 2019 commemoration commission

Two Richmonders will be among the 14 people who will help plan, develop and coordinate next year’s commemoration of the 400th anniversary arrival of the first Africans into English territory in what is now the United States.

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Crusade for Voters endorses Sen. Kaine, other candidates

Incumbent U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine has received the endorsement of the Richmond Crusade for Voters, the city’s oldest and largest African-American political group.

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Public meetings scheduled on city master plan

Want to help shape Richmond’s next master plan? Beginning next week, City Hall will be hosting public meetings to receive comments from residents on the new city blueprint, dubbed “Richmond 300,” aimed at carrying the city through at least the next 20 years when the city will mark its third century as a place on the map.

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