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Where is the love?

“Reopen With Love 2.0” was the mantra being espoused by Richmond Public Schools Superintendent Jason Kamras as thousands of students returned to the classroom last week for in-person learning for the first time since March 2020 and the onset of ...

Va. voters’ choice: Moving forward or going back, by Ben Jealous

Virginia voters will pick the state’s next governor in November. The choice couldn’t be clearer, and neither could the national implications of this race in a bellwether state. Not only is the Virginia election a curtain-raiser for the midterm elections ...

‘Antiracist public health approach’ needed to substance abuse, by Marc H. Morial

“He was a Hollywood star with an off-Broadway paycheck that mostly went up his nose. He was a pacifist with a barroom- brawl, razor scar down the middle of his face. He played a sneering killer but started his career ...

Talk about the real issues

On Thursday, Sept. 9, I was interviewed by two white people – a man with a camera and a woman reporter from a local television station – in front of the U.S. Post Office on Main Street in Downtown regarding ...

A new day

It’s gone. The six-story statue of Confeder- ate Gen. Robert E. Lee, which stood as a towering symbol of white supremacy over Richmond and the South since 1890, is down.

A return to the regrettable past, by E. Faye Williams

Unquestionably, Maya Angelou’s most famous quote is: “If someone tells you who they are, believe them the first time.”

Playing politics with students’ health

Across the country, students are embarking on what is certain to be a third consecutive academic year that is compromised or disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Honoring Tony Cosby

Re “Actor Tony D. Cosby, who portrayed Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in area productions for decades, dies at 66,” Free Press Sept. 2-4 edition:

On this Labor Day 2021

We honor all those whose talents and hard work make our own lives possible each day.

The party of Lincoln no longer exists, by David W. Marshall

When I hear today’s Republicans refer to themselves as the party of Lincoln, I have to stop and shake my head. Do Republicans really know what the party of Abraham Lincoln actually stood for?

‘Don’t believe everything you read ... in the Richmond Free Press’

Re “Jury still out: After a year on the job, Richmond Police Chief Gerald Smith has not won over many officers or residents either through style or substance,” Free Press Aug. 12-14 edition, and “Vacancies hurting Richmond’s emergency operations,” Free ...

In praise of GOP candidate for governor

Re Letter to the editor ‘GOP candidate a “wolf in sheep’s clothing,” ’ Free Press Aug. 12-14 edition:

Aug. 28 and Dr. King

Saturday, Aug. 28 is the 58th anniversary of the historic March on Washington.

Infrastructure must emphasize equity, by Rep. A. Donald McEachin

President Biden’s American Jobs Plan would provide a historic investment in our nation’s infrastructure system, create millions of quality, good-paying jobs, revitalize our communities and work to address the climate crisis through sustainable, forward-looking policy solutions.

Soul music in Black cultural history, by A. Peter Bailey

During the past five weeks, I have seen three films that showcase and celebrate the contributions of soul music to the cultural history of Black people.

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