“For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.” — Nelson Mandela

Prison now a death sentence?, by Dr. Valda Crowder

What happens in prison does not stay in prison.

COVID-19 trials need minorities, by Dr. Asefa Mekonnen

The minority community’s relationship with the medical and scientific world has not been built upon trust. This is particularly true with African-Americans.

Excellence in education is paramount

As a veteran participant in the struggle for racial justice, I enthusiastically support the unparalleled street demonstrations, sparked by the 8-minute, 46-second police execution of George Floyd in Minneapolis, and spearheaded by the Black Lives Matter movement.

Make Kunta Kinte’s burial site a mecca

In a 1965 edition of Collier’s Encyclopedia, an account of the arrival of the first enslaved people in Virginia was offered thusly, supposedly by someone who was there: “About the last of August came in a Dutch man of warre ...

'Remember children living with domestic violence’

Most people would agree domestic violence is a blight on society generally and directly on people and families affected by it.

Movement goes into chaos

I can understand the current movement, but things have gotten way out of control.

Possible format for making presidential debates ‘enlightening’

In the upcoming presidential debates, two changes for at least one debate would give the voters a chance to see something entirely different than the same old, same old we have become used to.


We supported Mayor Levar M. Stoney’s call for the resignation of former Richmond Police Chief Will Smith.

I stand with the ‘looters and lowlifes’ by Julianne Malveaux

According to the Washington Post, the 45th president told 19,126 lies between his inauguration in January 2017 and June 1, 2020. By now, the number has likely edged toward 20,000, as his Tulsa “rally” last Saturday yielded dozens more.

Even for conservatives, no denying reality by Rev. Dean Nelson

Too many white people on the right and left only want to listen to Black people who agree with them on everything.

Put Confederate monuments in their place

Flying or displaying a Confederate flag outside of a museum is a tacit acceptance of the evil that it represents — slavery, Jim Crow, bigotry, racism, and death, not to mention treason.

Reminder of new laws taking effect July 1 or later

The General Assembly passed hundreds of new laws earlier this year, most of which will go into effect on July 1.

‘Cut losses and ties’ with Washington team

Re: “Washington NFL team to skip training in Richmond,” Free Press June 18-20 edition:

Field Day for ham radio operators

On June 27 and 28, thou- sands will be involved in the American Radio Relay League Field Day.