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The Civil War: Cause and effect

Contrary to what H.V. Traywick claimed in his recent letter to the Richmond Free Press, the cause of the Civil War was slavery.

Housing and feeding brethen in need

Homelessness affects hundreds of people in the Greater Richmond area.

NFL’s head coaching ranks starting to look more diverse, by Marc H. Morial

Two years ago this week, I met with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, along with my fellow civil rights leaders, to discuss the failure of the “Rooney Rule” to diversify the ranks of the League’s head coaches.

Congressman Troy Nehls — ­Rash, brash, out of control, by Julianne Malveaux

Republican Congressman Troy Nehls (R-TX) recently attacked his colleague, St. Louis Congresswoman Cori Bush (D-MO), with rash, brash, and out-of-control language. It happened at the end of January, but somehow, his attack stuck in my craw.

VUU, don’t destroy hospital that took the Black community decades to build

Thank you for your recent editorial, “Don’t pull plug on historic hospital, VUU” and the coverage of Virginia Union’s development plans, which omit the old Richmond Community Hospital building on Overbrook Road.

Don’t pull plug on historic hospital, VUU

Without question, it’s good news that Virginia Union University is partnering with New York investor The Steinbridge Group to build about 200 general-use residences along the campus’ north edge.

Setting record straight on Black History, by Ben Jealous

With the start of Black History Month, I brace myself for the mis-telling of Black History yet again.

Black wealth remains elusive, by Charlene Crowell

For America, Black History Month brings opportunities to revisit our nation’s lessons, achievements, and unfulfilled promises, capturing our attention as well as our hopes. Yet nothing hits home harder than the painful reminders of how so much of Black America ...

Black History Month is more important than ever

In 1926, when historian Carter G. Woodson and the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH) first conceived “Negro History Week” for the second week of February, the idea was to celebrate and remember the struggles and ...

Parting ways

After more than 30 years, the Richmond Free Press and reporter Jeremy Lazarus have permanently parted company.

When partisan politics leave migrants out in the cold, by Clarence Page

As a long, dreaded January chill made life on the streets unthinkable for waves of migrants bused North from Texas, city, state and federal officials engaged in a new round of finger-pointing and buck-passing.

Biden-Harris administration’s LNG decision means hope, by Ben Jealous

James Hiatt lives in an area along the Mississippi River in Louisiana that has been dubbed “Cancer Alley.” Teeming with chemical plants and oil and gas refineries, the air the residents of this area breathe contains more carcinogens than anywhere ...

Recent accounts of Richmond businesses dealing with tax issues must be fixed, by Andreas Addison

Richmond is running the risk of losing its charm.

Jason Kamras must resign

Photos of Shawn Jackson, smiling proudly as he accepts his diploma on the Altria Theater stage, are hard to look at knowing that just minutes later the 18-year old would lay outside the downtown theater gasping for breath before dying ...

Miyares pro proton radiation treatment, by Hazel Trice Edney

The announcement that Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin is being treated for prostate cancer has hit home with millions of families across the nation. But in Virginia, the announcement is particularly relevant as the state’s legislature examines an opinion by the ...