Sentiments of black press 190 years later

In the February 1981 issue of Ebony magazine, brilliant journalist and historian Lerone Bennett Jr. provided the best reason for studying and learning from history that I have ever heard or read. In an article, “Why Black History Is Important ...

Black newspapers needed more than ever

In 1960, black people in Virginia watched as the state changed the laws against trespassing to make it a more serious crime, with the penalty raised from a $100 fine to $1,000. This action was taken by the then all-white ...

Unvarnished truth

There’s a tendency when people retire or die for their good deeds to be overinflated, covering up the flaws, missteps or poor choices in their lives or careers.

Life’s lessons

Life is full of lessons, as we all learn, no matter how long we live or how far or high we may go. Richmond Mayor Levar M. Stoney learned a big one this week with Steven Hammond Jr., a felon ...

Permanent interests

A man of vision, strength and determination who practiced what he preached, Floyd McKissick succeeded James Farmer as national director of the Congress of Racial Equality, or CORE, in 1966. And under Mr. McKissick’s leadership, CORE was transformed from an ...

American justice defiled

President Trump’s first three weeks in office have left Americans reeling from what Republican speech writer Peggy Noonan called his “cloud of crazy.”

Our children, our future

We welcome to Richmond the scores of educators from as far away as New Jersey and Ohio who are expected for the Teachers of Color Summit that is underway through Saturday in Downtown.

No integrity

We are starting to see what grows from the seeds of dishonesty and deceit sown by the Trump campaign and subsequent administration.

President Obama deserves a lot of credit

I cannot help but reflect on the insulting treatment President Obama received during his eight years. He came into office when the country was losing jobs. The banks were making all kinds of reckless and illegal decisions, and the auto ...

‘Keep your eyes on the prize’

In these trying times of change and challenge, my thoughts shifted to the award-winning documentary, “Keep Your Eyes On The Prize.” The documentary was about the challenges and success of the Civil Rights Movement. The prize was not the struggles ...

Name Frederick Douglass Free Press ‘Personality’ of the week

Would the Richmond Free Press please name Frederick Douglass as its next “Personality” of the week after having been named Abolitionist of the Year 2017 by President Donald Trump?

The obstructionist game

“I don’t remember us treating their nominees this way.”

Making our own black history

“There are (Black people) who are willing to worship the pyramids of 4,000 years ago but will not build pyramids in the present so their children may see what they left behind as well. We have a leadership who rallies ...

What’s at stake

Our spirits are heavy with the Trump victories this week that put Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama and Betsy DeVos in the critical roles of U.S. attorney general and U.S. secretary of education, respectively. The fight for civil rights, voting ...

Thanks for serving real journalism

Thank you to the Richmond Free Press for your article “More payouts: 3 City Council aides receive $97,000 total in severance, vacation pay,” Jan. 26-28 edition.