Memorial Day 2020

In memory of those we love...

Can an old black man get the Manafort treatment? by Julianne Malveaux

There were 4,623 incarcer- ated people over 65 in federal prisons during the first week of May. Until May 12, Paul Manafort, President Trump’s one-time campaign manager, was one of them. The 71-year-old petitioned the court for release to home ...

The fight for the 2020 vote, by Stacy M. Brown

Since the onset of COVID-19, voter registration in the United States has decreased by a whopping 90 percent.

Equal protection under the law, by Rep. A. Donald McEachin

In February, Ahmaud Arbery was hunted and shot down by neighborhood vigilantes while jogging in Brunswick, Ga. His killers were not taken into custody until a national outcry over leaked footage of the assault three months later.

What happens when we return to ‘normal’? by Glenn Ellis

Where should we be focusing our attention as a community at this point in the COVID-19 pandemic?

‘Reva Trammell is no racist’

Re “Racist memorabilia puts Trammell in the hot seat,” Free Press April 30-May 2 edition:

There is hope

Recently, I learned about the number of people who, out of hopelessness and fear, are considering suicide during these challenging times.

Library sign no help

The sign posted at the Franklin Street entrance of the Richmond Public Library’s Main Branch in Downtown states: “For updates go to RVALibrary.com.”

Think twice

We strongly support the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus in its opposition to begin re-opening Virginia’s businesses, restaurants and places of worship on Friday.

What would Ida B. Wells do?

Crusading journalist Ida B. Wells, who fearlessly and tirelessly worked against racism and violence targeting African-Americans in the late 1800s and early 1900s, was posthumously honored last week with a Pulitzer Prize.

Black people and COVID-19, by Sa’ad El-Amin

As the United States is trying to reopen after a nearly total shutdown caused by COVID-19, one of the major questions is whether it is too early to re- open and, by doing so, whether there will be a second ...

Saluting Malcolm X, by A. Peter Bailey

A former U.S. president has been quoted as saying, “Knowledge will forever govern ignorance. And a people who want to govern themselves must arm themselves with the power knowledge gives.”

More than rhetoric needed

Re “Kay Coles James heads National Coronavirus Recovery Commission,” Free Press May 7-9 edition:

Same storm, different boat

Our spirits were buoyed when we read the story this week by Trice Edney Wire-Global Information Network about flower growers in Kenya sending bouquets to doctors, nurses and others in the United Kingdom to thank them for their work on ...

What do we have to lose? by Julianne Malveaux

A little less than four years ago, the president tried to get black votes with the question, “What do you have to lose?”