‘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 ...

Real or not

Last week, Richmond Mayor Levar M. Stoney went to the top floor of City Hall to eagerly reveal the results of a secretive yearlong project led by the West Cary Group, an advertising and marketing organization.

Good news

LEGO Group will build its first U.S. factory producing its hugely popular plastic building blocks for children to create and build anything they can imagine in Chesterfield County.

Freedom then, freedom now, by Dr. E. Faye Williams

Juneteenth is known by many names. It’s officially Juneteenth National Independence Day, but is also known as Jubilee Day, Emancipation Day, Freedom Day, and Black Independence Day. On that day we commemorate the emancipation of enslaved persons of African descent ...

Holding people accountable, by Ben Jealous

Some extremely important truth-telling is happening in Washington, D.C. right now.