250 years later, ‘Amazing Grace’ has filled churches, concerts, even commercials

James Walvin, a former Church of England choirboy and professor of history at the University of York, doesn’t remember encountering “Amazing Grace,” in song or in his hymnal. It wasn’t until he traveled to the United States to research the ...

Harold C. Glenn, also known as ‘Soul Santa,’ dies at age 90

During a time that it was rare for a Black person to play the familiar holiday role of Santa Claus anywhere in the country, that fact did not deter Harold Cecil Glenn.

Journalist, educator, public relations specialist Sylvina R. Poole dies

Veteran Richmond journalist, educator and entrepreneur Sylvina Renee Poole has died. Ms. Poole, 59, succumbed to illness Sunday, Nov. 5, 2023.

Wanda L. Moore-Skinner, who helped provide resources for those in need, dies at age 68

For 37 years, Wanda Louise Moore-Skinner quietly provided assistance to financially desperate individuals and families.

Celebrating community

Two Dinwiddie County Baptist churches, Rocky Branch in Sutherland and Central in Church Road, both celebrated their 150-year anniversaries in October. To mark the occasion, the predominately white congregation of Central Baptist and the predominately Black congregation of Rocky Branch ...

Documentary on Black millennials depicts wide range of religion, rebellion

A member of the second-oldest Black Catholic order in the United States. A voodoo priestess. A gay atheist woman. A new documentary from the National Museum of African American History and Culture explores the range of faith and spiritual expressions ...

Trailblazing actor Richard Roundtree dies

Richard Roundtree, the trailblazing actor who starred as the ultra- smooth private detective in several “Shaft” films beginning in the early 1970s, has died. He was 81.

Churches continue to alter services in era of COVID-19

Like other parts of the United States, the COVID-19 pandemic transformed church services throughout the Greater Richmond Region.

Coaching legend Lou Anderson dies at age 87

Louis “Lou” Anderson Jr., who spent most of his adult life coaching football and, more importantly to him, influencing the lives of young men, died Friday, Oct. 13, 2023. Mr. Anderson was 87 and had been in an assisted living ...

Florida faith leader: Black history toolkit gains interest outside the state

When the Rev. Rhonda Thomas decided to create a toolkit to help teach Black history outside the public school system — after Florida legislators approved revisions to its required instruction — she expected Black churches like her own would be ...

Fire Department 40-year veteran Earl Dyer dies

Battalion Chief Earl Dyer of the Richmond Department of Fire and Emergency Services is being remembered as a “consummate professional and a man of the highest integrity” following his death after experiencing a medical emergency at work.

Funds available for groups hurt by Enrichmond’s collapse

A promised $250,000 bailout fund for more than 80 community groups that lost most of their money in the 2022 collapse of the Enrichmond Foundation is finally available.

Richard Samuel “Major” Reynolds III, corporate leader, civil rights advocate and philanthropist, dies

Richard Samuel “Major” Reynolds III lived his life by an axiom of British Prime Minister Winston S. Churchill, who said, “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” Mr. Reynold died ...

Pernell Calhoun Taylor Jr. remembered

Sports was a big element of education for Pernell Calhoun Taylor Jr.

Metropolitan Business League founder Neverett Alexander Eggleston Jr. dies at age 90

Neverett Alexander Eggleston Jr., a well-known Jackson Ward entrepreneur and a founder of a Richmond trade association for Black businesses, has died.