Safe and secure

New safety nets are crucial in ensuring the well-being and success of students in Richmond Public Schools. Recent discussions by the RPS School Board regarding homebound and home-based instruction protocols, as well as revised procedures for certifying graduating seniors, highlight ...

Taking a RISC

It is gratifying to read Free Press reporter George Copeland Jr.’s article about the commit- ment shown by Richmond’s current and potential political leaders who attended a forum focused on affordable housing, mobile home repair and replacement, and gun violence ...

No one likes to be taken for granted, by David W. Marshall

Realignment and transformation throughout our nation’s political landscape is not new.

Trump making Black voter inroads. Why?, by Clarence Page

Reports that Donald Trump has made surprising gains among Black voters have raised understandable alarm among my Democratic-leaning friends.

‘What became of the Black People of Sumer?’

I learned the value of peaceful protest at Virginia Union University. I learned to stand up and speak up for issues that matter, in an atmosphere of civil discourse. I learned about the necessity of preserving and protecting our history ...

Richmond Community Hospital: Finding compromise is possible!

There are incredible times in our lives when we should work as hard as possible to preserve old buildings to retain our sense of community and protect our history.

Zeta Phi Beta chapter to VUU: Don’t demolish historic hospital

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Alpha Phi Zeta Chapter has been at the forefront for social, health and economic justice in the Richmond community since its chartering in 1942. Upon hearing of the decision to demolish the Richmond Community Hospital the ...

A fast track to offsetting the child care crisis

National Preschool Teachers Appreciation Day was March 15, an opportunity to recognize and celebrate the community heroes who play an important role in teaching and shaping young minds.

Congratulations, Congresswoman

March is Women’s History Month, and on this week’s front page, we feature the energetic Rep. Jennifer L. McClellan, who recently marked her one-year anniversary as the first Black woman elected to Congress from Virginia.

The City and FOIA

Following media reports detailing issues faced in obtaining timely responses to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests and a $250,000 lawsuit filed March 1 by the City of Richmond’s former FOIA officer, the city plans to overhaul how it receives ...

Inflation, nutrition and reality, by Julianne Malveaux

Remember the parable of the blind men and the elephant? As each approached an elephant and tried to describe it, they came up with wildly disparate answers. One thought it a snake, another a tree, another a trunk. Because they ...

For one night, Biden was media master, by Clarence Page

Ah, such embarrassment. Presidential campaigns will always surprise you, but I didn’t expect Donald Trump, a tireless master of media, to be tripped up by his own social media platform.

JXN Project to VUU: Do not contribute to efforts to erase Black histories

ATTN: Virginia Union University President Hakim Lucas and Board of Trustees

AAGHS GRVA: ‘Our history matters’

Founded in 2010, the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society of Greater Richmond, Virginia Chapter (AAGHS GRVA) strives to be at the vanguard of providing important historical context and the ability to use research skills and techniques to further the field ...

Coming home, by Jennifer Robinson

Byrd Park was the place to be on warm Sunday afternoons in the 1980s. I was in high school and all of young, black Richmond gathered there. Picture the scene from Will Smith’s 1991 hit, “Summertime.”