Cheryl Groce-Wright

About Cheryl

Cheryl Groce-Wright first met the James after moving to Richmond decades ago. She shares how her relationship with the river has evolved over time, after her move, having children, and becoming a runner and coach. She regales us with an epic tale of a river trip her son (who calls the river “Momma James”) took when he was 18 years old. 

Cheryl also describes her commitment to educating others on the river’s critical role in African American history, spotlights the barriers to equitable access we still see today, and highlights how the river connects us as individuals, as Richmonders, and as a wider community.

An Incredible Resource

Listen to Cheryl’s full interview.


In addition to acting as Head Coach for Sports Backers’ Half Marathon Training Team, Cheryl is a true community leader in many other ways, from starting Kaleidoscope Collaborative RVA to her work at The Innerwork Center!