Ordinary people

The Associated Press reported this week that a Virginia Senate committee advanced a bill Tuesday that would prohibit lawmakers from using campaign funds for personal expenses such as a mortgage or country club membership.

Teacher shortages in high-poverty schools, by David W. Marshall

There is no way one can put a price on the value of a child’s education. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Philanthropy is commendable, but it must not cause the philanthropist to overlook the circumstances of economic injustice which ...

The party of Lincoln?, by Dr. E. Faye Williams

There are many memories of my first years in school which remain etched in my mind. I remember learning the Pledge of Allegiance and the national anthem.

VCU’s error is chance to ‘help make dreams become a reality’

I am writing in response to an article printed in the January 5-7, 2023, edition of the Free Press, “VCU applicants receive incorrect acceptance letters.”

VUU: ‘Changes will enable the university to continue’ its progress

Virginia Union University continues its march to be best-in-class among HBCUs in the United states — and we are taking additional steps to accelerate our progress.

Just resign, Joe

On the front page of this week’s Free Press, Myrna Morrissey, 26, says that she left her husband, Virginia Sen. Joe Morrissey, 65, in 2019 after three years of marriage.

Is Hakeem Jeffries the next Obama? Don’t rush him, by Clarence Page

No, New York Rep. Hakeem Jeffries does not want to be the next Barack Obama, although sometimes it seems as if everyone is asking.

To honor Dr. King, demand expanded voting access, by Nick Bates

As a deacon in the Evangelical Lutheran Church and the director of Hunger Network Ohio, I believe we all have a moral obligation to make sure more people’s voices are heard in our democracy, not fewer.

Big win

Once again, the Virginia General Assembly will have five Black senators, the largest number to serve at one time.

The King holiday reflects our resilience, by Julianne Malveaux

Just four days after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968, the inveterate warrior, Congressman John Conyers Jr. (D-MI), introduced legislation to make his birthday a federal holiday.

Here comes Gen Z, by Svante Myrick

When 25-year-old Maxwell Frost of Florida takes his seat in the U.S. House this month, he will be the nation’s first Gen Z member of Congress. That—in and of itself—is a major milestone and accomplishment.

Putting the ‘con’ in conservative, by Jesse Jackson

George Santos, a 34-year-old Republican congressman-elect, has gained notoriety before even coming to Washington.


In closing out 2022, the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) issued facts that which Black Americans and others may find interesting.

What if Mary and Joseph came to today’s Washington?, by Clarence Page

On the second day of Christmas, my true love said to me, “You ought to write about the family that took in the South Korean tourists who were stranded near Buffalo.”

Ready for our ‘Earth shot’, by Ben Jealous

As we greet 2023, I’m feeling more than the typical seasonal optimism. America is primed once again for a historic achievement. Call it our “Earth shot.”