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Deacon Charles Williams named interim head of Richmond Office for Black Catholics



The Office for Black Catholics was started in 1980 by Sister Cora Marie Billings , its first director, to advocate for more African-Americans to become …
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Personality: Herbert H. Southall Jr. | Richmond Free Press


Herbert H. Southall Jr. is proud to carry on the legacy of his father and to uphold the traditions of the Astoria Beneficial Club, a Richmond men’s club started 117 years ago to help eliminate the barriers to full citizenship for African-Americans.

The mission continues today as the organization works“to inspire men to a higher moral, intellectual, civic and social standing” through activities promoting racial equality and building a stronger community.

Mr. Southall, a 1956 graduate of Maggie L. Walker High School and electronics designer who retired as a manager from Lucent Technologies in New Jersey, was selected as the 2018 Astorian of the Year.

He was presented with the award Nov. 18 in a ceremony at The Grace Center in North Side.

“I was really surprised,” says Mr….

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Richmond’s ‘devaluing of black history’ | Richmond Free Press


Mayor Levar M. Stoney recently posted on Twitter that he was “pleased” to receive a petition seeking to rename the Boulevard after Arthur Ashe Jr., the accomplished black tennis player and Richmonder. He shared this endorsement as a photo of a proposal written by a Columbia University student and the author is correct: There is no better time than the present to introduce black figures into post-Confederate spaces. Despite rich legacies from both, Richmond has had a contentious relationship between its black history and its Confederate history. And today, it still goes unreconciled.

While a great deal of Richmond area history is derived from the Civil War and Reconstruction, its black history is equally monumental — from the establishment of Virginia Union University by the slave…

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City tackling polluted water | Richmond Free Press


Richmond’s most heavily polluted watersheds that drain into the James River will get some extra attention, thanks to a $1 million grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, it has been announced.

According to the city’s Department of Public Utilities, the money will allow the department to partner with the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay to create a “green master plan” that would propose methods to capture and treat stormwater runoff into Cannon’s Branch/Shockoe Creek in North Side and Downtown, Gillie’s Creek in the East End and Manchester Canal/Goose Creek in South Side.

The master plan would identify places where projects need to be installed to capture stormwater, including pervious water retention systems and permeable sidewalks and streets to allow…

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Medicaid enrollment jumps | Richmond Free Press


More than 182,000 Virginia adults — or nearly half of the 400,000 projected to be eligible — have enrolled in Medicaid health care coverage that will begin Jan. 1, Gov. Ralph S. Northam announced.

“I’m proud of the tremendous progress we’re making to enroll Virginians who are newly eligible for health coverage under Medicaid expansion,” Gov. Northam stated Dec. 19 in a news release.

The new health coverage is available to people ages 19 through 64 who meet the expanded income requirements that went into effect after the General Assembly voted in May to expand Medicaid.

For example, a single adult with an annual income at or below $16,754 may be eligible for the health program. An adult in a three-person family with a total household annual income at or below $28,677 also…

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Navy Hill-Coliseum project: Subsidized gentrification? | Richmond Free Press


Re “In limbo: City Councilman Parker C. Agelasto casts decisive vote in latest poll on Coliseum project despite looming questions over his qualifications to hold 5th District seat,” Free Press Dec. 6-8 edition:

I applaud Richmond City Council for approving the creation of a committee to review the Navy Hill-Coliseum proposal. The project has been hailed by the city administration as a game-changing economic empowerment project, one that is immune from the potential, yet familiar, negative consequences of costly development projects. But this is simply too good to be true.

According to navyhillrva.com, the website created to promote the redevelopment, “This is more than just another real estate project. It’s a progressive, thoughtful, inclusive way to bring back Navy Hill.”…

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