The other Ms. Walker

Nine years ago, when she was just 26, Natalie Cofield was looking for a mentor. A young woman with entrepreneurship hard-wired into her spirit, Ms. Cofield was discouraged that people did not take her seriously and was disheartened that she ...

Razor thin Pa. victory underscores importance of voting

“Eight days after Bloody Sunday, President Lyndon Johnson spoke to a joint session of the Congress and made one of the most meaningful speeches any American president had made in modern time on the whole question of voting rights and ...

A city cigarette tax would help fund school maintenance

Let’s be honest. Richmond needs a cigarette tax.

Honoring a new generation of leadership

All too often, our “history” month turns into a tribute to the past. And while the past is an important place to lift up, it is, indeed, a tributary, a stream that flows into the larger stream of an unbounded ...

Trump’s budget would hurt us

If you want to know how a president feels about your community, then all you need to do is look at his or her budget because it reflects their values — both what they value and what they don’t.

‘Scared Negro Disease’ remains

As another Black History Month has passed, I revisited the relevant speech given by former Atlanta Mayor Maynard Jackson in 2002 while speaking in Portland, Ore., titled, “The Scared Negro Disease.” Mayor Jackson’s diagnosis is seemingly cancerous in black politicians ...

Black immigrants’ lives matter, too

We are long overdue for a discussion about immigration as it relates to black immigrants, particularly at this moment as the current presidential administration clamors to end legal protections for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA recipients. Congressional leaders ...

‘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 ...

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.