Americans overwhelmingly support corporate diversity initiatives, by Marc H. Morial

“Diversity is being invited to the party; inclusion is being asked to dance.” –Verna Myers, vice president of Inclusion Strategy at Netflix.

Labor wins

Sending a message to corporate America, the United Auto Workers has proven that labor unions are no longer on the wane.

One more thing

By the time most of you read this, many will have voted early and voted “YES” for the Richmond Grand Resort and Casino. And we thank you for your vote that will, when completed, economically move Richmond in ways unimaginable ...

‘Right to repair’ movement could risk patient care for disadvantaged communities, by Albert R. Wynn

In state legislatures across the country the “right to repair” movement is gaining momentum. Thirty-three states and Puerto Rico considered right to repair legislation during the 2023 legislative session. And while this might be a good idea for some products, ...

Black women and breast cancer diagnosis — just different, by Dr. Vanessa B. Sheppard

While we have made great strides in improving cancer outcomes among many populations over the last several decades, one group remains consistently, inequitably left behind: Black women in America.

Vote ‘YES’ for the Richmond Grand Resort and Casino

For the past several weeks, Alfred C. Liggins III, CEO of Urban One, and representatives of Churchill Downs have spoken with church, civic and media organizations about their quest to build a gambling project on Richmond’s South Side.

Right to vote hangs in balance, by Marc H. Morial

“The right to vote is the cornerstone of our democracy and should be accessible to every eligible resident. It has been proven that participating in the civic process reduces recidivism, and individuals take pride in their communities when they can ...

Get real about Middle East, by Clarence Page

Some of my friends who know more about Middle East affairs than I do caution me against having too much optimism. Life is complicated, they note, especially in Middle East politics.

Richmond Free Press ‘takes its mission to inform the public seriously’

As a new Virginia resident, I signed up for home delivery of the local newspaper, the Richmond Times-Dispatch. I was still receiving national news from a digital subscription to my former newspaper, the Los Angeles Times, but I wanted a ...

Yes or no?

The announcement that former Virginia House Speaker Eileen Filler-Corn will not run for governor in 2025 comes amid continuing rumors that Virginia’s current governor may make a late entry into the 2024 presidential race.

America’s ticking fiscal time clock, by Charlene Crowell

For the second time this year, Congress’ inability to reach consensus on essential fiscal legislation has devolved into largely partisan bickering and literal, last-minute temporary financial Band-Aids. On Sept. 30, the last day of the 2022-2023 federal fiscal year, a ...

Do the right thing Alabama, by Marc H. Morial

“We are not aware of any other case in which a state legislature — faced with a federal court order declaring that its electoral plan unlawfully dilutes minority votes and requiring a plan that provides an additional opportunity district — ...

Needed: A better deal

Mayor Levar M. Stoney’s administration hoped to expand a program that helps city employees to buy homes in the city.


“War is hell,” Union Gen. William T. Sherman once observed during the Civil War.

Public education is vital to a democracy, by Jesse Jackson

America owes much of its prominence and prosperity to the fact that it has led the world in popular education. Even without a public school system, we had the highest literacy in the world in the 19th century. We were ...