No vacation from education, by Julianne Malveaux

Students everywhere are anticipating, or already experiencing, their summer vacation. It means freedom from daily classes and the opportunity to break, “chill” and perhaps attend a summer program for many. We know, however, that there is knowledge erosion over the ...

Mayor Stoney and city developers missing mark on Diamond District plans

For the past two decades, I have been outspoken about the city failing to carry out the wishes of Arthur Ashe to build an African-American museum honoring the legacy African-American athletic achievement by way of his well-researched classic book series, ...

How do we end the carnage?

Barely had we absorbed the anger, shock and sorrow that gripped us following the Tops Friendly Markets store massacre in Buffalo, N.Y., before we heard the horrifying news that another mass shooting had occurred in Uvalde, Texas.

Echoes of Minneapolis, Charleston, by Dr. E. Faye Williams

I was shocked! I was appalled! I was infuriated by the callous attack on innocent Black people at the Tops Friendly Markets store on May 14 in Buffalo, N.Y. Without having to be told, when I heard the racial breakdown ...

Black businesses matter, by Benjamin Chavis Jr.

When was the last time that you read a national news story in the so-called mainstream media about a successful Black business in America that has achieved unprecedented excellence and profit in today’s marketplace?

Former governor’s behavior ‘baffles and confuses Black people’

In quoting the advice offered to me as a new member of the Richmond City Council in 1978, L. Douglas Wilder said to me, “There are no black issues, only issues that disproportionately affect Black people.”

Richmonders should help police stop violence

It seems that people are becoming numb to all of these killings in Richmond.

Children left behind

In 2002, only about half of students in Richmond Public Schools rated as proficient in reading and math.

Racial disparities in abortion rates, by Clarence Page

Remember the old days when President Bill Clinton brought a temporary calm to the raging abortion debate by declaring the ultracontroversial procedure should be “safe, legal and rare?”

Supreme Court wasn’t always a threat, by Ben Jealous

Almost 70 years ago this month, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its ruling in Brown v. Board of Education, one of the most important in our history. It was unanimous. And it was a glorious moment. Our highest court affirmed ...

If white supremacy is poison, ethnic studies is the antidote, by Julianne Malveaux

President Biden was uncharacteristically, but appropriately, angry and firm when he described white supremacy as “poison.” He spoke from Buffalo days after a putrid young white man, Payton S. Gendron, shot 13 people, killing ten. All but two of those ...


Every story has an end.

Roe v. Wade and the far right’s extreme plans, by Ben Jealous

Things are about to get worse for millions of vulnerable people in our country.

Black History Museum saving Confederate statues: Let’s talk about it, by Sa’ad El-Amin

On Jan. 24, a resolution to transfer the title and ownership to the Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia of the five Confederate statues that were removed from Monument Avenue—including four of which the City of Richmond has ...

‘The government should not butt in’ on abortions

I am a 59-year-old woman who believes in life. I am against abortion, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a good reason for a woman to get an abortion.