Good riddance

Four of the five statues of Confederates are now gone from Monument Avenue.

School safety

We understand the unfortunate conundrum parents and families are facing as school districts across the state grapple with how to reopen safely and effectively during this time of the COVID-19 pandemic.


“For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.” — Nelson Mandela


We supported Mayor Levar M. Stoney’s call for the resignation of former Richmond Police Chief Will Smith.

New leadership

Richmond has a new police chief.

A new spirit

Happy Juneteenth!

It’s about time

It’s about time. That was our first reaction to Gov. Ralph S. Northam’s announcement last week that he is ordering the statue of Confederate traitor Robert E. Lee to be removed from Monument Avenue.

Martyrdom and change

George Floyd is now a martyr, his death precipitating marches across the nation and around the globe. His picture is a symbol for people of conscience everywhere.

In remembrance

This week, we mark the sixth anniversary of the loss of Raymond H. Boone, the late founder, editor and publisher of the Richmond Free Press.

America does not value the lives of black people

There is no stronger proof of the truth of that statement than the 10-minute cell phone video showing the ghastly death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police.

Memorial Day 2020

In memory of those we love...

Think twice

We strongly support the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus in its opposition to begin re-opening Virginia’s businesses, restaurants and places of worship on Friday.

What would Ida B. Wells do?

Crusading journalist Ida B. Wells, who fearlessly and tirelessly worked against racism and violence targeting African-Americans in the late 1800s and early 1900s, was posthumously honored last week with a Pulitzer Prize.

Same storm, different boat

Our spirits were buoyed when we read the story this week by Trice Edney Wire-Global Information Network about flower growers in Kenya sending bouquets to doctors, nurses and others in the United Kingdom to thank them for their work on ...

Prudence and leadership

We took a principled — and now seemingly prescient — stance against the $1.5 billion Coliseum replacement and Downtown redevelopment plan that was pushed so hard by Mayor Levar M. Stoney and Dominion Energy CEO Thomas F. Farrell II, leader ...