Letters to the Editor

HBCUs have long had a major impact

Historically Black Colleges and Universities have impacted my life and who I am and created so many defining moments for me that I have lost count. I laud them because they deserve it.

Michael Brown deserves better

Michael Brown, the 18-year-old who was fatally shot by a white Ferguson, Mo., police officer in August 2014, was vilified and demonized by a large segment of the majority race in our society.

Khalfani for new state director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Gov. Ralph S. Northam’s attempt to address the blackface culture that is part of America’s DNA is a start to the healing that is required to regain trust and respect for the Commonwealth of Virginia as it seeks to become ...

USA: The “Wild, Wild West”

Never could any of us have imagined we would witness as many mass shootings like the one May 7 in Colorado.

City needs 5- to 7-year budgeting plan

Richmond City Council was presented with a bold, aggressive budget proposal with the top priorities put up front. We, the council members, all agreed to the priorities, even though we differed in the sources of funding.

‘Here’s to you, Mr. Robinson’

Kudos to Rodney A. Robinson, the teacher at Virgie Binford Education Center located inside the Richmond Juvenile Detention Center, for being named the 2019 National Teacher of the Year. He is the first Richmond Public Schools teacher to obtain this ...

Real estate tax hike proposal and duplicity

Some public officials with admirable objectives are being less than straight with this town as it relates to the proposed real estate tax increase. They are pretending that if residents agree to this tax increase, we are in the clear.

Malevolence of Section 8 housing laws

The Black Holocaust denies are constantly among us. This is because the Black Holocaust is still going on. It didn’t end with slavery or early Jim Crow days. The Section 8 rental law was meant to keep black people from ...

‘Put our children first’ when it comes to education

As a native of Prince Edward County, I think the number of folks using the Brown v. Board of Education decision to perpetuate their respective narratives regarding the state of our public schools, specifically Richmond Public Schools, is appalling.

Awareness of sarcoidosis is critical in African-American community

April is National Sarcoidosis Awareness Month and Saturday, April 13, is “Shine a Light Day” on this rare disease. From VCU Health Systems in Richmond to Niagara Falls in Canada to the One Trade Center in New York City to ...

Taxation not solution for Richmond Public Schools

Re Column “We must invest in ourselves,” Free Press March 28-30 edition: While I can agree with Dr. Ravi K. Perry’s assertion that the state of Richmond Public Schools reflects years of racist policies, I do not agree with his ...

Gov. Wilder as mentor

I believe God places particular persons in my life to help me navigate through my journey. One of those persons is former Gov. L. Douglas Wilder.

Reject violence, affirm life

Words fail to express the depth of our sorrow at the horrific violence against the Muslim community at the Al Noor and Linwood Mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Remembrance and justice: Shockoe Bottom Memorial

Every week, a new story of some city, county or state’s decision to keep or remove a memento of the Confederacy captures our nation’s attention.

Vote out those who weakened school truancy law

Re “RPS attendance officers’ jobs on chopping block despite crucial need, service,” Free Press March 14-16 edition: It was unconscionable for members of the Richmond delegation to the General Assembly to vote to defang the truancy law.