High hopes

We had high hopes for great improvement in Richmond Public Schools when Dr. Dana T. Bedden took over as superintendent in January 2014. He sounded the

Our children, our best

We are encouraged by news this week that the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights is launching an investigation into the disciplinary policies of Richmond Public Schools.

Our wish

Amid the chaos and headlines, may faith fill your heart and hope guide your works today and every day.


We shudder thinking about the buffoonery of the Virginia unit leaders of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

Double congratulations

Congratulations to Coach AnneMarie Gilbert and the Virginia Union University Lady Panthers, the Atlantic region champions who took it to the hoop all the way to the NCAA Division II finals!

Trump unmasked

We learned with last week’s whopping defeat of Trumpcare that President Trump and the GOP leaders in Congress are frauds.

Investigate, please

Complaints continue about a reported regime of discipline within Richmond area public schools that unfairly targets African-American students and African-American students with disabilities.

Hero or goat?

Richmond schools Superintendent Dana T. Bedden had an $8.3 million secret that popped out recently — that $8.3 million sits in an “unassigned fund balance” for Richmond Public Schools.

Thirst for history, truth

Next week, the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture will celebrate the six-month mark since its opening in September.

Trump’s alternative facts

We all should be familiar by now with the way President Trump views the world and the “alternative facts” he seeks to spread through his ministers of misinformation, Kellyanne Conway, Sean Spicer and Sarah Huckabee Sanders.


President Trump proved once again that he suffers from delusions. This time, he believes that former President Obama wiretapped Trump Tower during the presidential campaign.

Grave parity

We were heartened by Free Press staff writer Jeremy M. Lazarus’ front page report published in the Feb. 23-25 edition on the Virginia General Assembly approving funds to maintain gravesites in East End and Evergreen cemeteries.

Dollars and sense

Mayor Levar M. Stoney and the Richmond City Council may find themselves trying to make bricks without straw this year.


Don’t let President Trump fool you. Sure, he met with presidents of historically black colleges and universities earlier this week. But what really is the result of the meeting?

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.