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Indoor basketball courts or outdoor courts? Why not both?

The advantages of indoor and outdoor basketball courts are fairly obvious.

A salute to Justice Jackson

We at the Richmond Free Press extend our warmest congratulations to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson for being recently sworn in as the first Black woman to sit on the high court.

Taking our Supreme Court back, by Ben Jealous

Did you ever wonder whether elections really matter? Well, the Donald Trump Supreme Court majority has answered that question for good.

What would Washington say?, by Clarence Page

As America’s birthday approached during the House select committee’s investigation of the Jan. 6 attack last year on the Capitol, I was reminded of George Washington’s warning about political parties—and why he thought they were a terrible idea.

‘America reigns without a rival’

As we approach America’s celebration of its independence on July 4, many of us do so with sadness, trepidation and outright anger. And with good reason.

Roe v. Wade impacts Black women, by Glynda Carr

The Supreme Court just dealt a devastating blow to reproductive rights. With its decision in Dobbs v. Jackson, five Re- publican-appointed Justices on the U.S. Supreme Court swept away half a century of progress and eviscerated women’s rights and equality. ...

Now that Roe is gone, what’s next?. by Clarence Page

Now that the Supreme Court has overturned the landmark Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion nationwide in 1973, could same-sex marriage be next? Or even interracial marriage?

White evangelicals are taking over the country

Hiding in plain sight for decades has been a campaign by white evangelicals to change America and subjugate women.

Congratulations to 2022 high school graduates

Congratulations to all of the students, especially those who are at or near the top of their class.

Professional sports messaging to end gun violence, by Donald J. Adams

America’s struggle with gun violence is not going un-noticed by many professional sports teams.

Black excellence

We often hear the expression “Black excellence,” particularly when Black people, individually or collectively, achieve the seemingly impossible.

Juneteenth doesn’t mark the end of slavery; ratification of the 13th amendment does, by DeWayne Wickham

The day after the federal government announced that slavery in the United States had been officially ended, The New York Times published a front- page story that trumpeted this hard-won victory.

Jan. 6 was more than a ‘dustup’, by Dr. E. Faye Williams

Jack Del Rio is not necessarily a stupid man. He was a three-sport athlete who received an athletic scholarship to the University of Southern California. After a successful collegiate career he was drafted into the NFL by the New Orleans ...

Historic Black cemeteries need substance, not symbolism, by Brian Palmer

Across the South on any given day, volunteers of all ages, races and backgrounds gather with hand tools and weed whackers to help restore historic Black burial grounds, many of which have been subject to the structural neglect and active ...

Kudos to the Free Press and to Bonnie Newman Davis

As someone who has known Bonnie Newman Davis through membership in the Virginia Professional Chapter, Society of Professional Journalists, since — I think — the early 1980s, I know the Free Press will go onward and upward with her editorial ...