‘I pray that the students voices may be heard’

‘I pray that the students voices may be heard’ Re “Fla. school shooting survivors hoping to be catalyst for tougher gun laws,” Free Press Feb. 22-24 edition:

‘We need climate action, environmental justice’

As Americans came together in February to recognize the immense contributions made by African-Americans during Black History Month, it is important to talk about environmental justice because if we can’t breathe free, we can’t be free.

Courage, political will and gun control

“This is our first task, caring for our children. It’s our first job. If we don’t get that right, we don’t get anything right. That’s how, as a society, we will be judged. And by that measure, can we truly ...

Having an impact

The latest proof that the activism of the students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., is having an impact:

Settling the debt

Like a weed sprouting from the crack in a sidewalk, the truth always comes out. Take, for example, the rancid deal struck in 2012 by City Hall and the Washington NFL team for a Richmond training camp. City Council was ...

Where does it end?

Here we go again with this gun violence. Another 17 young lives lost and 15 injured in the high school shooting in Parkland, Fla. There were 26 people killed in the church in Texas, nine people in the church in ...

Passing along history

February is Black History Month, with plays, programs and famous songs sung like “Lift Every Voice and Sing.” As black Americans, we are free to do wonderful things to make contributions to our community and our world.

U.S. lawmakers part of dream or nightmare?

I, too, am a dreamer. I dream of a time when we have a government that works for the average American — and not just for corporate America — without working at the expense of the average American. Most of ...

New idea for old schools problem

Re “Feeding schools’ budget: City Council approves 1.5% meals tax hike for schools construction,” Free Press Feb. 15-17 edition:

Gun tragedies and inaction

We woke up the morning after the Florida high school tragedy hearing that 95 percent of the American people support stronger background checks before someone can buy a gun. That sounds like a no-brainer because only 4 percent of the ...

‘Black Panther’ claws away racism

“The film serves as a breath of fresh intellectual air, especially amid today’s sociopolitical climate.

A child shall lead them

We are transfixed by the passion and activism of the students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High in Parkland, Fla.

Unveil the camouflage to combat bullying

Bullying is plantational authoritarianism. Someone posted on social media an adolescent male sobbing because of bullying incidents. Bullies are not those actually committing the conflicts, but those who have the authority to resolve the discords and don’t — or won’t ...

Dr. Lucas’ record should have been scrutinized

Re “VUU president accused of fraud,” Free Press Feb. 1-3 edition: I am a Virginia Union University alumnus and your article is not only embarrassing, but again indicative of extremely negligent administrative oversight on the part of the VUU Board ...

Dr. King’s legacy exploited

It is incredibly sad to watch how the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., whose life and legacy inspired and changed the lives of millions, is being used to hawk trucks. The ad during the recent Super Bowl for ...